Tasting Notes 2007
Elston ‘07 has a pale lemon colour, and tropical aromas of fresh pineapple, grapefruit, and ripe peach. The same ﬂavours carry through the palate, together with a distinct oatmeal biscuit character and ﬁ ne acid structure providing wonderful length. Elston ‘07 will continue to develop in bottle for ﬁve yearsfrom harvest and matches well with full ﬂavoured dishes based on seafood,poultry and white meats as well as soft ripened cheeses.
Elston ‘07 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, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle.
Total acidity as tartaric: 7g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
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 and were matured in barrel for a total of nine months. Following blending trials in November 2007, the ﬁ nest lots were then combined into a ﬁnished wine which was bottled in January 2008.
Between 16 and 24 March 2007, the separate parcels of grapes for Elston ‘07 were hand harvested from their individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards.
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.