Kumeu River 2020 Coddington Chardonnay
Coddington, when compared to Hunting Hill, is generally the richer of the two. I usually use the analogy that if Estate Chardonnay is a village Puligny Montrachet, then these two are Premier Crus. With 2020, however, there is something of a Grand Cru about this wine - real presence. Restrained but powerful - bright and crystalline. As with the other wines from this vintage we are very much back to the old school KR with fruit on the darker spectrum. Absolute class.
"Pale greenish straw colour. Broad, rather floral nose with some light chewiness on the end. Not quite ready yet. Hint of lemon peel on the finish. Not the most intense Kumeu Chardonnay but very 'pleasant' for now! It will surely bloom in bottle." Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com