Chardonnay

Elston '10

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 2010

Elston ’10 has an intensely bright golden colour and a nose of white peach, oatmeal and meadow flowers. The palate shows the concentration of superbly ripe fruit, with richness and intensity, balanced by crisp length. Great cellaring potential. Lovely!

Elston ’10 will continue to evolve in bottle for five years from harvest, matching well with full flavoured dishes based on seafood, poultry and white meats, as well as soft ripened cheeses.

This wine is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. When the wine is well cellared, these provide consistent evolution for every bottle.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.28
Total acidity as tartaric: 7g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

Each grape parcel was gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, and racked to new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The resulting wines remained in contact with their yeast lees while undergoing complete malolactic fermentation. The finest lots were selected for further maturation, spending a total of twelve months in barrel. The finished wines were then blended and bottled in March 2011.

Vineyards

The unusual 2010 growing season has resulted in an extraordinary Elston. Our already low cropping chardonnay vines had their crop reduced by a cold snap during their spring flowering. This, coupled with the mild summer heat and an extended dry autumn, has produced an intensity of aroma and flavour in Elston 2010 that is arresting.

Between 18 March and 1 April 2010, the separate parcels of grapes were hand harvested from their individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards.

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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