Chardonnay

Elston '06

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 2006

Elston ‘06 is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. These are washed with a liquid form of carbon dioxide which eliminates any possibility of cork taint and, when the wine is well cellared, provides consistent evolution for every bottle.

Elston ‘06 is a light golden/green colour with aromas and flavours of citrus blossom, peach and buttered toast. The ripe and full palate has a lovely fresh acidity providing structure and great length to this quality wine.

This wonderful chardonnay has the potential to develop in bottle for five years from harvest and admirably partners full flavoured dishes based on seafood, poultry and white meats, as well as soft ripened cheeses.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.31
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.1.g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The separate parcels of grapes were each gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, and racked to new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The resulting wines underwent complete malolactic fermentation and were matured in barrel for a total of ten months. During this time, the individual wines remained in contact with their yeast lees and were regularly stirred. Following blending trials in December 2006, the fi nest lots were then combined into a finished wine and bottled in February 2007.

Vineyards

The grapes for Elston ‘06 were hand harvested from their individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between the 8 and 12 of March 2006.

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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