Pale lemon in colour with a brilliant, diamond-like clarity, Elston Chardonnay ’18 shows captivating notes of roasted hazelnuts, cashews and citrus fruits on the nose, alongside crème brûlée and nougat. Tropical fruit, intense white peach and ripe lemon all radiate across the palate. Elston Chardonnay ’18, with its signature balance, moreish acidity and fine, lingering finish is lush and powerful. Exceptionally appealing with superb ripeness and length.
Elston ’18 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: 6.7g/l
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 11 months in barrel.
VINEYARDS The superb quality of the 2018 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 6 and 30 March 2018.
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.
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 All Reviews