Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2019

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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
  • Vintage Report

    • Yields: 4 tons/acre
    • Brix: 22.8°
  • Vinification

    • Hand harvested
      Whole-bunch pressed
      Indigenous-yeast fermentation
      French oak barrels, 25% new oak
      100% barrel fermentation
      100% malolactic fermentation
      11 months maturation in barrel

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2019 vintage was exceptional and has produced sensational Chardonnay across the board. The single-vineyard Coddington wine is strongly colored and richly ripe in the yellow peach and apricot spectrum, with a background of toasted oak and caramelized hazelnut. It is the biggest style in our range, and satisfyingly rich as such, but also nicely balanced with its acidity.

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  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu — 2019 – Wine Enthusiast – Editors’ Choice – 95 Points

    From a low-yielding single vine-yard, this white opens with smoke and flinty mineral notes weaving between concentrated yet fresh fruit. The palate is lighter than expected thanks to a line of crystalline acidity and a filigree texture. It has exceptional structure and neatly integrated oak that lets the layers of flavor shine.

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu — 2019 – The Wine Advocate – 93 Points

    Medium to full-bodied, but it leans more toward the pineapple-citrus side of the spectrum. Delicate hints of toasted nuts appear on the nose, while the palate offers pineapple, yellow plum and lime notes, particularly on the long, refreshing finish.

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu — 2019 – Vinous – 93 Points

    This Chardonnay is expansive, filling the mouth with its subtle flavors yet retaining a sense of lightness. Its girth is wrapped in a firm belt of acidity that holds everything into a streamlined whole. Chardonnay is a non-aromatic variety and the fine aromas of nectarine and oatmeal combine with a barrel-derived smoky note on the drawn-out finish.

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2019 – James Suckling – 96 Points

    This is a punchy and chiseled Coddington with attractive peach and citrus-fruit aromas, as well as hazelnuts and white stones. The palate has a very focused, pure shape with a central spine of intense peach flavor, crisp phenolics and clenching acidity to close. Real drive here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.