Chardonnay

Elston '15

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

Brilliant gold with an edge of bright green, Elston ’15 is like a Hawke’s Bay peach picked fresh from the tree. Intricate aromas of ripe stonefruit, nectarine, lemon zest and honey soften into Crème brûlée, citrus and roast nuts. Crisp chardonnay fruit balanced against fine, refreshing acidity gives this wine immaculate poise. Te Mata Estate’s leading lady, Elston ’15 is chardonnay royalty.

Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2017 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Elston ’15 is closed with a 'Diam' cork, which eliminates any possibility of cork taint, which eliminates any possibility of cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for five years from harvest.

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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
pH: 3.25
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.5g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry

WINEMAKING
Each 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 malolactic fermentation. The finest lots were selected for further maturation, spending a total of eleven months in barrel. The finished wine was bottled in March 2016.

VINEYARDS
The superb quality of the 2015 vintage was immediately apparent in the fully ripe grapes that were hand-harvested from their separate, individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 21 and 27 March 2015.

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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'With some of the country’s finest wines on its books there’s little doubt that Hawke’s Bay can produce outstanding-quality reds and whites. You’ll now find Hawke’s Bay wines in Michelin restaurants from Paris to Monaco.'
Rebbeca Gibb MW, Meininger Wine Business International, April 2017 All Reviews