Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2012 (6 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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Elston derives its name from the village near Newark in Nottinghamshire where Elston Hall is renowned as the ancestral home of the Darwins of the noted 'Theory of Evolution'. The wyvern symbol of the village also appears on the label.

Over the progressive vintages since the release of the first Elston from the 1984 vintage it has steadily developed a reputation as New Zealand's greatest chardonnay. Originally a single vineyard wine Elston has, from 1989, become an assemblage of the finest wines from eleven plots within Te Mata Estate's six chardonnay vineyards. Always a rich, concentrated wine Elston has evolved greater complexity due to increasing vine age and the variety of soil types on which it is grown. When Elston is well stored it develops and intensifies in bottle for 5-7 years from harvest.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

"a magnificent beauty" Elegant and refined as ever, this young chardonnay is restrained at this stage but shows plenty of promise. The bouquet shows white peach, oatmeal, almond and a hint of vanilla notes. It's focused and finely textured on the palate with lovely acidity. This will blossom into a magnificent beauty in a few years. Rating 94 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 15, 2013

Winery Tasting Notes


Elston ’12 has a brilliant, pale lemon colour.


Aromas of golden grapefruit, toasted brioche, brazil nuts and popcorn. The palate shows an immediate characters of ripe nectarine and nougat, together with both the sweetness and acidity of fresh pineapple that contribute to its long, fine finish.


Elston ‘12 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 ’12 will continue to develop in bottle for five years from harvest.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
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Winery Profile

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Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery, dating from the early 1890s. It is a New Zealand family-owned winery – a true estate, specialising in grape growing and winemaking from its nine Hawke’s Bay vineyards. It is acknowledged as one of only five icon wineries in New Zealand.

Under the direction of John Buck, Te Mata Estate has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea cabernets/merlots, Bullnose syrah, Elston chardonnay, Cape Crest sauvignon blanc and, launched in 2009, Zara viognier. Te Mata Estate has also developed a unique single vineyard from which it produces its Woodthorpe wines.

Te Mata Estate makes wines from hand-harvested grapes from its own vineyards. These vineyards are all located in Hawkes Bay (within 40 minutes drive of the winery) and under the direct control of Te Mata Estate’s viticultural team.

Total land area: 600 acres (240 hectares). Total planted vineyard area: 300 acres (120 hectares).

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