Elston '02

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 2002

Elston 2002 has a golden, green colour, displays aromas of stone fruit, citrus and toast, with butter, vanilla and nectarine flavours leading to a sustained, ripe finish.

Elston 2002 is an ideal partner for poultry and seafood with rich flavours, either from the food itself or because of the sauces accompanying it.

Elston 2002 will develop in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.36
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.8g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry


Following whole cluster pressing  the settled juice from the grapes was racked to barrel for the primary fermentation, a full secondary malolactic fermentation and maturation on lees. The wine was bottled in late January 2003.


Elston 2002 was made from 100% Mendoza clone Chardonnay, hand harvested from vineyards adjacent to the winery between the 19th and the 23rd 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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