2016 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

2016 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

96 Points Bob Campbell MW
2016 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay
96 Points Bob Campbell MW

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A premium single-vineyard wine from Auckland maestros, Kumeu River. Named after the owners of the vineyard, the Coddington has been separately labelled since 2006 due to the exceptional quality being produced. While elegant and focused like all the Kumeu River range, the Coddington is celebrated for a slightly richer and more creamy Meursault-like texture, which cellars beautifully but also appeals at a younger stage than its stablemates. Seriously delicious!

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Its Origins

In 1938 Maté Brajkovich arrived in New Zealand with his parents, who settled in Kumeu and in 1944 bought a small vineyard which would later become Kumeu River wines. For a few decades Maté mostly made simple fortified and sparkling wines. It wasn't until 1982 however, when Matés son Michael took over, that the wines would really start to turn heads. Michael and his siblings began to transform the vineyard and vinification practices to more considered, traditional ways, with hand harvesting, improved drainage, judicious use of oak and only using the wild yeast present in the vineyard to bring a sharper definition of terroir into the wines. Matés vineyard is the original land bought in 1944, re-planted by Maté just before his death with low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay in 1990.

What The Critics Say

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

Ripe, quite lush chardonnay with stone fruit, peach, apricot and nectarine flavours, with citrus and a seasoning of hazelnut and ginger characters. A very attractive wine with an impeccable balance and a lingering finish

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"Launched from the 2006 vintage, this powerful, rich wine is grown in the Coddington Vineyard, between Huapai and Waimauku. The grapes, cultivated on a clay hillside, achieve an advanced level of ripeness (described by Kumeu River as flamboyant, unctuous, peachy). Mouthfilling, complex and slightly nutty, its typically a lusher, softer wine than its Hunting Hill stablemate (below). The 2016 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques and wood-matured for 11 months. Bright, light lemon/green, it is still very youthful, with a complex bouquet and fresh, tightly structured palate. Full-bodied, it's a classy wine with deep, vibrant, grapefruit-like flavours, showing excellent complexity, fresh acidity and a long, finely poised finish. Best drinking 2019+."

18.5+/20 Raymond Chan

"Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine in proportion with good breadth and depth of ripe yellow stonefruits, peaches and citrus fruit, along with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and spicy, nutty oak elements adding richness and detail. This is an expression of elegance with underlying richness. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly rich and plush with an integrated core of ripe yellow stonefruits, peaches and citrus fruit, with fine creamy barrel-ferment and nutty, spicy oak flavours. The mouthfeel is smooth in flow and gently moutfilling, possessing integrated acidity, growing in depth, weight and lusciousness as it carries to a soft, sustained finish. This is a beautifully harmonious, rich, integrated Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit, creamy barrel-ferment and spicy oak flavours on a smooth-flowing palate. Serve with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4+ years. First made as a single vineyard wine in 2006. Fruit from the vineyard formerly owned by Tim and Angela Coddington, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new oak with 100% MLF. 18.5+/20 ."

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    Auckland & Waiheke Island

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This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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