2009 Kumeu River "Coddington" Chardonnay Kumeu New Zealand
The Brajkovich family has been making world-class Chardonnays for decades about an hour from Auckland. It was the first stop on my trip. This white shows wonderful aromas of peaches and apricots with lemon and sliced apples. It’s full-bodied and powerful with a great finish and texture. Goes on for minutes.
*Highly Recommended* This wine's soft, supple texture lures you in, but the aromatics and subtle, elegant notes extend all the way to the lingering finish. Peach, apricot nectar and baked apple flavors mingle with nutmeg, mineral, cedar and fig paste details, as a fresh acidity keeps all the notes vibrant. Drink now through 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Coddington Chardonnay displays expressive notes of pineapple, pink guava, peach kernels and warmed pear slices with hints of cashews, marmite on toast and oyster shells. Medium bodied and with a pleasant touch of viscosity, it gives great concentration, lively acidity and a long savory finish. Approachable now, it should drink to 2017+.