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
"Medium yellow colour, with a quite oaky bouquet, some smoky 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 right now, better in a couple of years. 13 OCT 2019." Drink 2021 - 2030
18.5/20 Joelle Thomson
"I love this wine. It’s named after the ancestral home of Charles Darwin, Elston Hall in Nottinghamshire, the UK, and tastes dry with ripe stone fruit flavours of peach and nectarines, balanced by a citrusy, creamy and lingering finish. It drinks well now, but is youthful and will come into its own in in the next five years."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 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. Bright, light lemon/green, the 2017 vintage (5*) is weighty and well-rounded, with ripe stone-fruit flavours, finely integrated oak, and excellent complexity and harmony. A youthful, quietly classy wine, it's already delicious, but should be at its best 2020+."
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