Chardonnay

Elston '97

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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 1997

Elston Chardonnay 1997 has a golden colour with hints of green. It has a lovely pineapple, nectarine and cream aroma with integrated smoky oak and a rich, soft palate.

Elston Chardonnay 1997 is a wonderful partner to rich, creamy, full flavoured pastas, seafood, white meats and the more delicate cheeses.

It has a development potential in bottle of 3-7 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.4
Total acidity as tartaric: 6g/l
Alcohol: 13.8%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice was settled, then run to barrels for both primary and malolactic fermentation and ageing. The wine was blended in January and bottled in February 1998.

Vineyards

Elston Chardonnay 1997 was hand harvested between the 18th and 24th of April.

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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