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2015 Te Mata Estate Elston Chardonnay

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The wines from Te Mata Estate are pretty much in the cult category, and this Elston Chardonnay is a little wonder. It's not what you would call immediately fruity, but it certainly builds on the palate, and in the glass, over time. There are appealing scents of white stone fruits, crushed biscuits and grapefruit citrus on the nose, which translates to the flavours on the palate. It's supported by taut acidity, and creamy, smooth mouthfeel, and a dry, slightly savoury and peachy finish. It will benefit from a couple of years in the cellar, but give it a bit of air and it's good to go!

Winemaker's Notes

Brilliant gold with an edge of bright green, Elston ’15 is like a Hawke’s Bay peach picked fresh from the tree. Intricate aromas of ripe stone fruit, nectarine, lemon zest and honey soften into crème brûlée, citrus and roast nuts. Crisp Chardonnay fruit balanced against fine, refreshing acidity gives this wine immaculate poise. Te Mata Estate’s leading lady, Elston ’15 is Chardonnay royalty.

Elston ‘15 is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. These are produced using 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. Elston ’15 will continue to develop in bottle for five years from harvest.

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 eleven months in barrel. The finished wine was bottled in March 2016.

Vineyards: The superb quality of the 2015 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 21 and 27 March 2015.

Origin: 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.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2015 Te Mata Estate Elston Chardonnay

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Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Te Mata's full-bore, oak-influenced style, harking into retro-chardonnay territory almost: buttery nougat, smoky complexity and grilled banana. The palate has some structured restraint and compact richness, vanillin and nougat, grilled peaches and banana; it finishes nice and dry.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
90
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
One of New Zealand s most illustrious Chardonnays, Elston is a stylish, intense, slowly evolving Hawke's Bay wine. At around four years old, it is notably complete, showing concentration and finesse (the 1998 vintage, opened in mid-2002, was light gold, weighty and tight, with strong grapefruit-like flavours and a minerally, toasty complexity). The majority of the grapes are grown in four vineyards in the Havelock North hills, and the wine is fully French oak-fermented and goes through full malolactic fermentation. In 2001 a higher proportion of new oak barrels was used (40 per cent, compared to the usual 33 per cent), 'to match the light crop'. Bright, light yellow/green, with an opulent, biscuity, savoury bouquet, it's a lovely, tight, mealy wine with rich citrus and slight butterscotch characters. It looks like a classic vintage, for cellaring to at least 2003.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is clean but complex, with obvious creamy/nutty mlf aromas. The palate is similarly complex, with the mlf influence very pronounced, and which, while adding to complexity, does strip the fruit a little. Another Te Mata wine regarded as a New Zealand classic.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
88
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
One of New Zealand's most illustrious Chardonnays, Elston is a stylish and intense, slowly evolving Hawke's Bay wine. At around four years old, it is a notably complete wine, with concentration, complexity and finesse. The majority of the grapes are grown in two Havelock North vineyards, Elston, near the winery, and BDM, behind the Lombardi winery. Fully French oak-fermented, the wine is also given a full malolactic fermentation. The 1997 vintage is a beauty. Slightly tauter than the 1996, it's a strapping wine (almost 14 per cent alcohol), with rich citrusy, mealy flavours, savoury oak and firm acid spine. Powerful and intense, with loads of flavour, it's a classic cellaring style; open 2000 onwards. The 1998 is a lovely, soft wine with concentrated, delicate flavours of grapefruit and nuts and power right through the palate. It has lots of upfront appeal, but also the power to age.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Bright but full yellow-green; the bouquet instantly tells you that this is a wine of exceptional quality, complexity and concentration, truly reminiscent of the very best White Burgundies. All the components coalesce, with intense citrus and nectarine fruit woven through some cashew mlf flavours and spicy oak. Firm but not excessive acidity will hold the wine for a long time. They really don't come better than this.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; fine, elegant and classic were the first three words on my tasting sheet; then melon fruit with a background touch of oak spice. The palate has grip and focus, with a very complex array of cashew, mineral, melon and citrus flavours, with an almost piercing finish.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94
Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
Consistently one of New Zealand's most distinguished Chardonnays, this wine is grown in the Elston vineyard and an adjacent vineyard at Havelock North. It is a robust, grapefruit-flavoured, mealy wine of great concentration that blossoms in the cellar for at least five years. The '95, fully barrel-fermented (40 per cent new oak), is the equal of the '94 - very robust and fragrant, with great depth of flavour, still youthful and tight. The outstanding 1996 vintage is the first given a 100 per cent softening malolactic fermentation - and it does affect the style. Hand-harvested, whole bunch-pressed, and fermented and matured for 10 months in new and older oak casks, it is a light yellow wine with a superbly rich, rather Burgundian bouquet. The palate is bold and very concentrated, with intense citrusy, nutty, mealy flavours, a definite touch of butterscotch and a rounded, very rich finish. This is a top-flight Elston, offering memorable drinking from now onwards.
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1990 Vintage) says
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