Elston 2018 Review

Elston '18 - 'Medium yellow colour, with a quite oaky bouquet, some smokey notes and richly complex with creamy nutty detail and irresistible complexity. The wine is intense and refined, rich but light on its feet, the palate concentrated and satisfyingly long on the follow-through. A ripping chardonnay which is a touch oaky now, better in a couple of years.' 95 Points ★★★★★

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, October 2019 Featuring: Elston 2018

Elston '18 - 'I love this wine. It’s named after the ancestral home of Charles Darwin, Elston Hall in Nottinghamshire, the UK, and tastes dry with ripe stone fruit flavours of peach and nectarines, balanced by a citrusy, creamy and lingering finish. It drinks well now, but is youthful and will come into its own in in the next five years.' 18.5/20 Points

Joëlle Thomson, February 2020 Featuring: Elston 2018

Elston '18 - 'Offering elegance and grace, the wine shows nectarine, fig, vanilla, roasted nut and brioche characters on the nose. It’s equally stylish on the palate, displaying excellent focus and flowing mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by fleshy texture and perfectly pitched acidity. At its best: now to 2028.' 95 Points, ★★★★★

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2020 Featuring: Elston 2018

Te Mata Estate - 'Te Mata justly lays claim to being the oldest commercial winery in New Zealand. They also produce two of the nation’s iconic wines, the Coleraine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that exhibits the best characteristics of a stylish Bordeaux with ample New World power and exuberance, and the rich and elegant Elston Chardonnay. The intense and structured Te Mata Bullnose Syrah is a personal favourite, as is their light and refreshing Gamay Noir. '

Shine, John H. Isacs, Shanghai, September 2020 Featuring: Zara 2018, Syrah 2019, Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Merlot/Cabernets 2019, Gamay Noir 2020, Elston 2018, Coleraine 2018, Bullnose 2018, Awatea 2018, Alma 2019

Elston '18 - 'Ripe lime, fresh pineapple, some vanilla and cinnamon oak, along with subtle struck match character. It’s flavoursome with a cream and pineapple flavour, aniseed perfume wafting about, some oatmeal richness, gloss with flinty textural highlights. Length is excellent. Drinking pleasure is a given. It’s a lovely, slightly glamorous expression of Chardonnay.' 94 Points

The Wine Front, Gary Walsh. October 15, 2020 Featuring: Elston 2018


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