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Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

Country / Region: New Zealand
Vineyard: Kumeu River
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2016

Premium single vineyard Chardonnay with ripe fruit, floral, nuttiness and minerality

Coddington Chardonnay

Produced from a vineyard owned by Tim & Angela Coddington, replanted in 1990 with the low yielding Mendoza Clone of Chardonnay. 

Of the three single vineyard wines, this is the most approachable and flamboyant in its youth due to the higher level of fruit ripeness.. Ripe peach and delicate florals, slight nuttiness and a complex minerality on the finish. For Burgundy lovers, the Coddington is sometimes compared to Chassagne-Montrachet in style, Cellar for 1-5 years. 

History of Kumeu 

The Brajkovich family are credited with being one of the pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry, first migrating here in 1937 from Croatia, working first in the gum fields and farming small plots of land. It wasn't until the late 1970s when they shifted away from basic hybrids and fortified wines to produce classic varietal wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.

The mantle passed from Maté Brajkovich to son Michael in 1982, and the wines transformed with hand harvesting, improved drainage, judicious oak aging to produce more traditional styles of wine. It is Chardonnay that Kumeu has become famous for, with international acclaim and  favourable comparisons with French Burgundy.

The cream of the crop are three Single Vineyard Chardonnays, all coming from small blocks in West-Auckland with special microclimates. All are hand picked, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts, and 100% malolactic. Each wine enjoys unique character from their sites, a nod to the French concept of Terroir. 
We have a small allocation of each of the new release 2016 vintage available on a first-in first-served basis.

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