2009 Kumeu River "Coddington" Chardonnay Kumeu New Zealand

SKU #1117823 94 points James Suckling

 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.  (10/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator

 *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.  (6/2012)

92 points 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+.  (10/2011)

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2012 | Send Email
Over the years, Kumeu River has become a benchmark for New Zealand Chardonnay and truthfully the rest of the world as it has fooled many a top wine professional in blind tastings as top flight white Burgundy. The Coddington vineyard has been used since 1998 as a component of the Kumeu River Estate wine and since 2006 was seen as having developed a unique character to be expressed on its own. The nose has notes of peach, pear, flint and a crushed stone minerality. On the palate the wine is focused with a creamy layered texure framed by fine acidity and a long persistent finish.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.