Chardonnay

Elston '12

Elston Chardonnay '16

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.

$34.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2012

Elston ’12 has a brilliant, pale lemon colour, with inviting aromas of golden grapefruit, toasted brioche, brazil nuts and popcorn. The palate shows an immediate characters of ripe nectarine and nougat, together with both the sweetness and acidity of fresh pineapple that contribute to its long, fine finish.

Elston ‘12 is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. These are produced using a liquid form of carbon dioxide which eliminates any possibility of cork taint and, when the wine is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle. Elston ’12 will continue to develop in bottle for five years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.30
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.8g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

Each parcel was gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled and racked to new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The resulting wines remained in contact with their yeast lees while undergoing malolactic fermentation. The finest lots were selected for further maturation, spending a total of ten months in barrel. The finished wine was bottled in March 2013.

Vineyards

The separate parcels of fully ripe grapes were hand harvested from individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 25 and 29 March 2012.

Origin

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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'Elegant and refined as ever, this young chardonnay is restrained at this stage but shows plenty of promise. The bouquet shows white peach, oatmeal, almond and a hint of vanilla notes. It’s focused and finely textured on the palate with lovely acidity. This will blossom into a magnificent beauty.' 94 points ★★★★★
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Showcase Summary, 2013 All Reviews