Chardonnay

Elston '90

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 1990

1990 Elston has a full golden-green colour, and aroma of hazelnuts, toast and peach, a rich butterscotch flavour and a long crisp finish.

Its development span is 3-5 years from harvest, during which time it will gain in intensity and richness.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.16
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.7g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice cold settled and then run into 50% older oak for fermentation. The resultant wine was aged for a further six months in the same barrels, a proportion of it put through malolactic, and following an assemblage was bottled in early December, 1990.

The final blend included 40% of the malolactic chardonnay.

Vineyards

1990 Elston Chardonnay was harvested between the 20th and 30th March.

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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