Chardonnay

Elston '01

Elston Chardonnay '17

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 2001

Elston 2001 has a pronounced golden green colour. It has aromas of ripe pineapple, honey and vanilla, concentrated biscuity, creamy flavours, and a long toasty background. Elston 2001 is at its best when served with fresh, richly flavoured seafood, white meats, and creamy cheeses. It will develop and intensify in bottle for 4-6 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.4
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.1g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

Following pressing and settling, the juice from the grapes was racked to 225 litre
oak barrels for both primary and malolactic fermentation and aged for ten months before
blending and bottling in early February 2002. 

Vineyards

Elston Chardonnay was hand harvested between the 19th and 27th 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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