Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2019
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
- Yields: 4 tons/acre
- Brix: 22.8°
French oak barrels, 25% new oak
100% barrel fermentation
100% malolactic fermentation
11 months maturation in barrel
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
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.
Kumeu River Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2019 – Jancis Robinson – 16.5++
Quite broad on the nose and more obviously fruity (rather than savoury) than the Estate Chardonnay 2019, though it will obviously take on more subtlety with time. Pretty impressive finish to the palate, on which mandarin and passion-fruit flavours reverberate.