2017 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay

2017 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay

5 Stars Richard Caro
2017 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay
5 Stars Richard Caro

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With beautiful depth and quality, the Elston never shouts just embodies elegance and pedigree. It is medium-bodied with subtly powerful stone fruit, creamy/mealy notes and fine oak. The early-ripening Chardonnay was not affected by the rains in 2017, so this Elston won a stellar 95 points from Huon Hooke, Australia's most hard-marking reviewer. A vintage to nab!

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Elsewhere up to $41.99 Save $7 $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Originally a farm with homestead established in 1854 by John Chambers, it was his son Bernard who, on return from travels in France, planted vineyards on its north facing hills - which are still in use. In 1919 the Chambers sold and the Te Mata Vineyards company was established, to continue until 1975 when two associates, John Buck and Michael Morris, ended their 8 year search for a winery location by purchasing on the historic Te Mata estate. By remaining firmly rooted in a kind of modern traditional approach - quality focussed wines made with long-term expertise and from estate-only vineyards - Te Mata Estate have risen and risen as New Zealand’s benchmark for cellaring quality. Depending on variety, both their middle and top end wines are consistently capable not only of balance and appeal on release, but of aging for multiple decades.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Huon Hooke

"Complex mealy, nutty bouquet, which is more funky and solidsy than usual from this marque. Lush, sweet, ripe fruit: a delicious wine. 09 AUG 2018." Drink 2018 - 2027

5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)

"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 grapes are grown and hand-picked principally at two sites in the Te Mata hills at Havelock North, and the wine is fully fermented in French oak barriques (35 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. The pale straw 2015 vintage (5*) is mouthfilling and still very youthful. Weighty and sweet-fruited, it has peachy, slightly spicy flavours, integrated oak, balanced acidity, and a tightly structured, poised and persistent finish. Best drinking 2018+."

19/20 Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)

Extremely refined, unveiling white stonefruit, grapefruit and mealy complexities, with nutty oak detail and creamy barrel-ferment elements. Beautifully refined, balanced and complex.

Stats & Food Matching

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    Hawkes Bay

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    2018 - 2027

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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