Elston '98

Elston Chardonnay '18

Produced since 1984, Elston is an outstanding New Zealand chardonnay, grown at Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the hillsides above the winery. It is rich and complex with flavours of fresh pineapple, white peach and nougat.

$39.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 1998

1998 Elston Chardonnay has a golden green colour. It has aromas of peach, pineapple, citrus and cedar and a broad, long flavour of fruit and toast.

It will develop in bottle for 3-7 years from harvest.

It is a wonderful accompaniment to seafoods and white meats with rich flavours and sauces, as well as vegetarian and mildly spiced food.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.2
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.4g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry


The grapes were whole cluster pressed and the resulting juice was cold settled then fermented in new and older 225 litre barrels, with lees stirring and a malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended in early December and bottled in the first week of February.


The grapes were hand harvested between the 16th and the 30th of March.


Elston is named for Elston Hall in Nottinghamshire, the ancestral home of Charles Darwin’s family. Darwin’s ‘theory of natural selection’ forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory, the foundation of biology. The wyvern symbol of Elston Hall appears on the label.

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