Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2017

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • This wine is produced from a vineyard owned by Tim and Angela Coddington whose grapes have contributed to the blend of Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay since 1998. It is a vineyard that produces very rich and unctuous Chardonnay that we have long believed could make an excellent single vineyard wine. In 2006 we decided to give Coddington single vineyard status to reflect this vineyard’s unique character.

    • Location: Coddington Vineyard Kumeu, Auckland
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Size: 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1994
    • Clones: 15
    • Soil: Clay
    • Elevation: Approximately 100 meters (328 feet)
    • Exposure: North
    • Training: VSP
  • Vinification

    • Hand harvested
      Whole-bunch pressed
      Indigenous-yeast fermentation
      100% barrel fermentation
      100% malolactic fermentation
      Aged 11 months in barrel

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Tasting Notes

    • Usually the most flamboyant wine when young, the 2017 Coddington has a beautiful nose, more fragrant and citrusy than usual for Coddington. This is a common thread through all the 2017 Chardonnays. The palate is classic Coddington with the density, concentration and luscious creaminess we expect from this wine. Deceptively easy to drink at this early stage. This wine will no doubt take on a lovely bottle age as it has done with previous vintages.


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  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 93 Points

    Kumeu River's 2017 Coddington Chardonnay was barrel-fermented and aged in 25% new oak. Marginally tighter and more structured than the estate bottling, it offers hints of struck flint on the nose, followed by notes of wet stone, nectarine and pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, it's loud, lush and long, with hints of pencil shavings on the finish.

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2017 – Vinous – 92 Points

    The 2017 Coddington Chardonnay has a fresh, well-defined bouquet with fine mineralité and hints of white flowers. This is backward and clearly needs more time. The palate is taut and fresh with a killer line of acidity, plenty of citrus fruit and orange zest and flint-like notes toward the persistent, razor-sharp finish. This is a top-notch Coddington, but be patient. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London.

  • Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay – 2017 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    Vibrant and expressive, featuring peppery white floral notes that mingle with pear and citrus flavors. Makrut lime and fresh ginger accents linger on the sleek, refreshing finish. Drink now through 2029.

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington – 2017 – James Suckling – 95 Points

    Very cool and delicate. Yet, in spite of the peach and honeysuckle aromas already showing, this is still quite tight. Precisely delineated, medium to full palate with a lot of minerality, the finish very long and precise. Better from 2019 or 2020.