Elston '03

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 2003

The Elston 2003 has a golden colour and tantalising aromas of ripe stonefruit, oatmeal and buttered toast. Its long palate introduces creamy flavours and textures, and  indicates that this is a wine which will cellar impressively.

Elston 2003 is a great glass of full flavoured white wine and also matches with rich seafood, chicken, pork and pasta dishes.

Elston 2003 will continue to develop in bottle for 2-6 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.18
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.7g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry


Elston 2003 is predominantly made from the Mendoza clone of chardonnay, supplemented with a little clone 95. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, cold settled, racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation and then maturation on lees. The wine was bottled in late April 2004.


The grapes were hand harvested from our vineyards between the 10th and 27th of March.


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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