Elston '93

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 1993

1993 Elston Chardonnay is golden green, with a peach, butterscotch and cedar aroma, a complex ripe grapefruit and melon palate with toasty oak flavours on the finish.

It has a development span of 2-4 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.43
Total acid as tartaric: 8.5g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry


The bunches of grapes were whole cluster pressed, and following settling the juice was all fermented in French Oak, a little less than fifty percent of which was new.

The wine was then aged on lees until blending in December and bottling in January.

58% of the final blend has been through a malolactic fermentation.


1993 Elston Chardonnay was hand harvested between the 14th and 23rd April.


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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