Chardonnay

Elston '99

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 1999

1999 Elston Chardonnay has a golden green colour. It has aromas of very ripe citrus fruit, pineapple and butterscotch and a rich, long, dry finish.

It has the potential to develop in bottle for 3-5 years from harvest.

1999 Elston Chardonnay is a wonderful accompaniment to rich seafood and white meats, served simply and in the ‘Pacific fusion’ style, as well as milder cheeses and delicatessen foods.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.25
Total acidity as tartaric 7.5g/l
Alcohol: 13.6%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice was settled and all racked to 225 litre oak barrels for fermentation, followed by maturation of 10 months. During this time all the wine had a malolactic fermentation.

It was bottled in late January 2000.

Vineyards

The grapes for 1999 Elston Chardonnay were hand harvested between the 9th and 22nd of 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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