Produced since 1984, Elston is an outstanding New Zealand Chardonnay. Grown at Te Mata Estate's oldest vineyards on the hillsides above the winery. It is rich and complex with flavours of fresh pineapple, white peach and nougat.
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. Roast almonds, hazelnuts, clover honey and warm brioche, along with this wine's signature tight acidity, give the Elston Chardonnay 2017 incredible length, detail and finesse. Peter Cowley
Elston Chardonnay ’17 is a fine, pale gold with notes of beeswax, white flowers, ripe peaches and flinty, wet, stone that flow through onto the palate. Roast almonds, hazelnuts, clover honey and warm brioche, along with this wine’s signature tight acidity, give the Elston Chardonnay ’17 incredible length, detail and finesse.
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards. A temperate maritime climate with low rainfall, due to the rain shadow from mountains to the west, ensures Te Mata’s sites make the most of every vintage. At the heart of Te Mata Estate are the Havelock Hills Vineyards - the first legally-protected vineyards in New Zealand. Te Mata has five sites on these free draining, north-facing slopes. Soils to the east are mostly sandy loam over a sandstone base, and towards the west are sandy loam over a thin layer of clay and a silica pan. The distinctive shape of the hills is due to their comparative youth, in geological terms. At the meeting point of two tectonic plates, sandstone has been pushed up then worn away relatively quickly leaving a landscape of steep and gentle slopes, and terraces ideal for grape-growing. Under vine for over 120 years, and including some of the oldest grape growing sites in New Zealand, the Havelock Hills are protected for their distinct character, special ambience and unique viticultural heritage.
Complex mealy, nutty bouquet, which is more funky and solidsy than usual from this marque. Lush, sweet, ripe fruit: a delicious wine.'
Elston is a very unique style of New Zealand chardonnay made in a reserved and clean style with subtle oak. Pretty floral and white peach fruit with understated spicy oak are followed by a crisp mid-weight, fruit-driven palate. It needs some time to blossom.'