Respect, patience and adaptability - each is an integral part of the Kumeu River success story, not only in the making of good wine, but also in the making of a thriving family business that spans many generations. Kumeu River's Chardonnays are considered to be some of the best in New Zealand, and indeed among the best Chardonnays produced anywhere. Often compared to top quality Grand Cru Burgundy, these wines offer incredible drinking with stunning value.
The 2017 Coddington Chardonnay 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 Kumeu River have long believed could make an excellent single vineyard wine. In 2006, they decided to give Coddington single vineyard status to reflect this vineyard’s unique character.
Hand harvested. Whole-bunch pressed. Indigenous yeast fermentation, 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malo-lactic fermentation. 11 months maturation in barrel.
Usually the most flamboyant wine when young, the 2017 Coddington has a beautiful nose more fragrant and citrusy than usual for Coddington. This is a common thread through all the 2017 Chardonnays. The palate is classic Coddington with the density, concentration and luscious creaminess we expect from this wine. Deceptively easy to drink at this early stage this wine will no doubt take on lovely bottle age as it has done with previous vintages.
Very cool and delicate. Yet, in spite of the peach and honeysuckle aromas already showing, this is still quite tight. Precisely delineated, medium to full palate with a lot of minerality, the finish very long and precise. Better from 2019 or 2020.
BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW
Elegant and concentrated chardonnay with brioche, citrus, white flower, and toasted nut flavours. A silken-textured wine that's long and linear. Accessible now but promises to develop well, at least in the mid-term.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Attractive toasty oak notes over clean fruit, the fruit aromas recalling peach and nectarine. A trace of pineapple. The wine is soft and round on the palate, full and yet also refined in texture. A very appealing drink with a firm finish and good length.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
Kumeu River's 2017 Coddington Chardonnay was barrel-fermented and aged in 25% new oak. Marginally tighter and more structured than the estate bottling, it offers hints of struck flint on the nose, followed by notes of wet stone, nectarine and pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, it's loud, lush and long, with hints of pencil shavings on the finish.