2020 Coddington Chardonnay 97pts
Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand
The single-vineyard Coddington wine is richly ripe in the yellow peach and apricot spectrum, with a background of toasted oak and caramelized hazelnut. Drink with pasta, chicken, and seafood.
97 points Decanter - Power and elegance, speaks of site. Fresh peach and quince with a nutty, salty, dairy fragrance adding breadth. Texture and mouthfeel, contrasting acid-line, peach and white stone soil complexity, long on the finish.
97 points Nick Stock (JS) - This is a wine of real purity and elegance with fresh sliced peaches and lemons, as well as some light pastry notes. The palate is fine, unwaveringly long and pure with enlivening acidity through the finish. Stunning. Drink or hold.
93 points Vinous - Another typically weighty expression from Kumeu's Coddington vineyard, the 2020 Chardonnay Coddington fills the midpalate with its density and breadth. It is a wine of clarity, the oak-derived smoky, nutty notes providing a savory layer over nectarine and lemon meringue. However, this is not a wine that needs multiple flavor descriptors; it's a wine of texture. Expect the smooth, mellow mouthfeel to be followed up with lovely precision and sinew on the lengthy, smoky finish.