20 Top New Zealand Chardonnays

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2009 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay $40

Aloe,quartzy soil, apple blossom and a hint of honey come together on the nose. This is fairly rich on entry, though bright acids kick in quickly to really firm this up on the mid-palate which delivers ripe apple and pear fruit. While remaining bright, this does have a fine nutty, hazelnut brittle edge to it that adds a slight nougat/honey note on the finish. The finish really shows great focus, a touch low though with good length and a firm feel, delivering a slight hay edge on the finale. 91pts

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