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Te Mata Estate - Elston Chardonnay 2016


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: Peter Cowley
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2016) JR: 17+ (2014) JS: 94 (2015) VS: 89+ (2014) WF: 92 (2014) BC: 94 (2016) SK: 95 (2016) RC: 19.5 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

A legendary NZ chardonnay made from low cropped vines that undergoes a complete barrel and malo-lactic fermentation. It is a richly fruited and textured wine showing ripe stonefruit, pineapple and citrus flavours with a seamless long finish. Elston continues to improve in bottle for 3-5 years from harvest. Resplendent white-gold, Elston Chardonnay ’16 shows immediate notes of lemon oil, white peach and concentrated, ripe nectarine. The aromas of citrus blossom and clover honey sparkle over a luxurious palate of grapefruit, toast and lemon nougat. Elston Chardonnay, Te Mata’s Queen, is fine, gorgeous and intense. Chardonnay royalty with focus, energy and oodles of its signature, moreish character.

Winery Information

Te Mata Estate

Te Mata Estate is New Zealand's oldest winery and always impresses with the sheer consistency, quality and value of its wines. Te Mata Estate originated as part of Te Mata Station, a large pastoral land holding established by English immigrant John Chambers in 1854. His third son, Bernard, influenced by the comments from visitors that the hills were suitable for grape growing, planted vines in 1892. Wine was first made from those grapes in 1896. Under the current direction of John Buck, Te Mata.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)92 pts

Classic scents of toasted hazelnuts and grilled peaches emerge on the nose of the 2016 Elston Chardonnay. It's completely barrel fermented and aged in a mix of used and new French oak, but this medium-bodied wine doesn't seem overoaked at all, as bright, citrusy beams of fruit shine on the long, elegant finish. (2014)17+ pts

Hand picked, all Mendoza clone from the clay-limestone Havelock Hills, whole-bunch pressed, ambient yeasts, pH 3.25 (post malo). 11 months in barrel. Sweet aromas of crème pâtissière at first but it is so dry and fresh that they do not dominate the palate, which is marked by pure lemon freshness, finishing with that creamy texture and a lightly salty note. Impressive intensity and harmony. (JH)

James Suckling (2015)94 pts

A rich and dense white with a fresh and lively backbone. Cooked apple and rosemary and olive oil undertones. Full and vivid. Exciting New World wine with an Old World sensibility. Drink now.

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2014)89+ pts

(all done in French oak, one-third new; vinified partly with wild yeasts; aged in barrel for nearly a year, finishing full malolactic fermentation, then kept a few more months in tank; nearly all Mendoza clone from California): Bright, light yellow. Aromas of ripe peach and grapefruit are sexed up by an element of smoky oak char. Boasts lovely intensity and depth of fruit, with bright acidity framing the strong citrus fruit and vanillin oak flavors. Finishes bone-dry, lemony and classic. Te Mata has made this wine since 1984 but only since vintage 1995 has it undergone full malolactic fermentation. In fact, technical director Peter Cowley noted that the earlier, pre-malo vintages may have had longer aging potential.

Wine Front (2014)92 pts

“Elston is named for Elston Hall in Nottinghamshire, the ancestral home of Charles Darwin’s family”. I didn’t know that. My first son was named, at least in part, for Darwin. His name is Charles, just to make it clear, not Darwin. Bold style, and not lacking in flavour. If one of those people who pine for richer days of Chardonnay should ask you to recommend a wine, then I reckon this will hit then spot, funds permitting. Peaches sizzled in butter, sage and clove, grilled nuts and ruby red grapefruit. It’s full bodied, savoury and nutty, layered with spice and caramel, but cut into shape with tangy lime acidity, finishing bright and savoury at once.

Bob Campbell MW (2016)94 pts

A concentrated chardonnay in a tight and tangy style

Sam Kim (2016)95 pts

A beautifully styled chardonnay. This is a great Elston

Raymond Chan (2016)19.5 pts

Bright, light golden-yellow colour. The nose is well-proportioned, opening in breadth and depth to show a tight and intense heart of ripe white and yellow stonefruits with citrus fruit and mealy complexities, unfolding creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak lending a complex layer. The nose has richness and density. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich and luscious, vibrant flavours of ripe stonefruits and citrus fruits melded with mealy detail along with nutty oak and subtle nuances of flint. The fruit succulence is balanced by very fine phenolic textures and fresh acidity. The palate has excellent energy and vitality, carrying to a taut, sustained finish. This will develop over the next 5-6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and fully barrel-fermented with solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 35% new French oak barrels, the wine undergoing 100% MLF

Vinification Notes

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.