This wine is produced from a vineyard owned by Tim and Angela Coddington, whose grapes have been used in the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay since 1998. It is a vineyard that produces very rich and opulent Chardonnay that we have often thought could make an excellent single-vineyard wine. In 2006 we decided to give Coddington single-vineyard status to reflect this vineyard's unique character.
The palate is forward, with a luxurious creamy texture and lovely balancing acidity. This wine, while delicious in its youth, will benefit from a period of bottle maturation of two to five years.
"This delivers wonderful depth and purity to flavors of lemon curd, yellow apple, Meyer lemon and apricot. Aromatic, with lanolin, honeycomb and floral notes, a terrific silky texture and wonderful acidity."
"Coddington Chardonnay comes from a single vineyard about 3 kilometers from the winery that was planted in 1994. The soil here is predominately clay and the vines are all Clone 5. The 2008 Coddington Chardonnay is the third vintage of this wine produced by Kumeu River. Barrel fermented using natural yeasts and about 20-25% new French oak. 100% goes through malo-lactic. The nose is already very expressive displaying really intense ripe pineapple and pink guava aromas with a toasty/biscuit undercurrent and nuances of lime juice, orange blossom and some butterscotch. Very crisp, rich, and medium-full bodied, this opulent, satin textured wine gives a long exotic-fruited finish."
The Wine Advocate
"Perhaps the biggest of Kumeu River's 2008 Chardonnays, the Coddington offers waves of tropical fruit—pineapple and carambola—allied to mouthfilling richness and balanced by citrusy acids and hints of roasted nuts.
"Oak dominates this wine for now. Underneath the caramel scents, there's an intense, seashell-like minerality that develops with air while the wood begins to mellow into the fruit flavors of lemon curd. Give this a year in bottle, then decant for a creamy seafood stew."
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