Resplendent white-gold, Elston Chardonnay ’16 shows immediate notes of lemon oil, white peach and concentrated, ripe nectarine. The aromas of citrus blossom and clover honey sparkle over a luxurious palate of grapefruit, toast and lemon nougat. Elston Chardonnay, Te Mata’s Queen, is ﬁne, gorgeous and intense. Chardonnay royalty with focus, energy and oodles of its signature, moreish character.
Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2017 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Elston ’16 is closed with a 'Diam' cork, which eliminates any possibility of cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for five years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.4g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
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 superb quality of the 2016 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 17 and 26 March 2016.
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.
Estate Chardonnay '16 ★★★★1/2 - '...Delightfully drinkable...'Sam Kim, Wine Orbit. March 2017 All Reviews