Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2021
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The Kumeu vineyards that contribute to this wine gave them some magnificent fruit and they had a wide array of options in putting the Estate Chardonnay blend together. The level of citrus fruit complexity and the layering of aromas and flavours that this wine shows are stunning. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as any of its predecessors.
Hand harvested; Whole-bunch pressed; Indigenous yeast fermentation; 100% barrel fermentation; French Oak, 20% New Oak; 100% malo-lactic fermentation; 11 months maturation in barrel.
WINEMAKER - Michael Brajkovich M.W.
Although today the Kumeu River winery enjoys international respect for their elegant Burgundy-style Chardonnays, behind this success lies years of backbreaking work. Their story began back in 1937 when Mick and Katé Brajkovich left their small village in Croatia to create a new life in New Zealand. By working long hours for other farmers in the area the couple slowly they saved up money to create their own winery in 1944 which is now in the capable hands of the third generation of Brajkovichs.
Although the estate sits in one of New Zealand’s most northerly wine regions, the proximity of both the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean create cooler conditions well-suited to producing lively white wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.