2016 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

2016 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

93 Points Richard Caro
2016 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay
93 Points Richard Caro

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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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$44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle




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

95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2015 vintage)

"What a charmer. Although this is more opulent in style than Hunting Hill, the wine is never heavy or blowsy, still with firm structure and refinement. Gorgeous aromas of yellow stone fruit, hazelnut, nougat and lemon peel on the nose. The palate is concentrated and flavoursome with excellent weight and creamy texture, perfectly structured by bright acidity. Very long on the finish of course. At its best: now to 2025. $50.00. www.kumeuriver.co.nz. Oct 2016.

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)

"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, it’s typically a lusher, softer wine than its Hunting Hill stablemate (below). The 2015 vintage (4.5*) is fresh and fragrant, with a slightly smoky bouquet and vibrant grapefruit and spice flavours, tight-knit and lasting. Woven with lively acidity, it's still very youthful; best drinking 2018+."

91+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (2015 vintage)

"The 2015 Coddington Chardonnay is youthfully muted with subtle suggestions of lemon curd, lime leaves and grapefruit peel plus a yeasty, toasty, cedary waft. Light to medium-bodied, fine, fresh and delicate in the mouth, it delivers good citrus and yeasty notes."

Stats & Food Matching

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    Auckland & Waiheke Island

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This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

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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