Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2018

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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 2018 Coddington has the typical ripe peach and rich nature on the nose. The palate is beautifully forward with a supple approachability that is common with the 2018 Chardonnays. The wine has density, concentration and luscious creaminess we expect from Coddington and while this makes the wine easy to drink at this early stage no doubt it will take on lovely bottle age as it has done with previous vintages.

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  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2018 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    Concentrated notes of Key lime, apple and tangerine are vibrant, floral and expressive, with touches of lemon skin and lemon verbena on the juicy finish. Drink now. 900 cases made, 112 cases imported.

  • Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay — 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points

    This is Kumeu's middle-tiered Chardonnay, and it is the most approachable young, yet promises a long and happy life in the cellar. Delicate aromas of honeysuckle, citrus and butterscotch oak characters come together on the palate in a beautifully textural mouthfeel. Length, harmony and precision are all here. Drink now with food or until 2030 at least.

  • Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay — 2018 – Wine Advocate – 91 Points

    Tighter and more linear than usual, the 2018 Coddington Chardonnay boasts scents of pencil shavings set against a backdrop of grapefruit and pineapple. It's medium-bodied, crisp and focused, with a bright beam of acid and hints of citrus pith on the finish.

  • Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay – 2018 – James Suckling – 94 Points

    This has very attractive richness and complexity. Fresh, nectarine and peach aromas and flavors are delivered in such energetically textural and powerful style. Impressive length and focus. Drink now. Screw cap.