Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2022 – Magnum Kumeu, New Zealand
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.
The 2022 vintage continues the run of excellent vintages. Harvested in perfect conditions the 2022 Coddington shows a step up from what we have seen in the past from this vineyard. The wine is beautifully ripe in the yellow peach and apricot spectrum, with a background of toasted oak and caramelised hazelnut. It is the biggest style in our range, and satisfyingly rich as such, but also nicely balanced with its acidity.
“Coddington is my pick of the two ‘Premiers Crus’ not least because it is seamless, refined and already completely integrated. This is a sensual wine with wonderful texture and refinement. Sometimes Coddington looks a little light and feeble, by comparison to HH and Maté’s but in 2020 it is a shimmering beauty. In value terms, you are still only matching up to a low-level Saint-Aubin, so this wine, again, aces it against Burgundian competition. 18/20
– Matthew Jukes – 14 July 2021
KUMEU RIVER WINES – Kumeu
Established in 1944, the Brajkovich family behind Kumeu River has continually demonstrated a sense of tradition, innovation and dedication. Striving for quality, they use a blend of new and old French Oak during barrel fermentation and ensure only indigenous wild yeasts are used to enhance texture and complexity. Chardonnay, their most recognized grape varietal, has received many international accolades and awards.