Chardonnay

Elston '91

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.

$35.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 1991

1991 Elston Chardonnay has a golden colour with a hint of green, an aroma and flavour of grapefruit, hazelnuts and toasty oak, with an elegant crisp finish.

Its development span is 4-6 years from harvest, during which time it will gain complexity and character.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.22
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.9g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice settled and then run to 50% new and 50% older oak for fermentation. The resultant wine was aged for a further seven months in the same barrels, a proportion of the wine put through malolactic fermentation, and following assemblage Elston ’91 was bottled in early February 1992.

The final blend includes 30% of the malolactic chardonnay.

Vineyards

1991 Elston Chardonnay was harvested between the 21st and 26th 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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