Elston '96

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$39.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 1996

1996 Te Mata Chardonnay has a light golden-green colour, an aroma of pear, grapefruit and cedar and a creamy, soft palate.

1996 Te Mata Chardonnay is a lovely accompaniment to simply cooked seafood, chicken, and vegetarian food.

It has a development potential in bottle of 2-3 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.44
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.5g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry


The grapes were whole cluster pressed and half the resulting juice was fermented in a mixture of new and used barrels. The other half was cold fermented in tank. The half in barrels was then given a malo-lactic fermentation.


The grapes for this wine were hand picked on the 10th and 11th of April 1996.


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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