Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke's Bay vineyards. The Estate's ownership varied frequently until John and Wendy Buck acquired it in 1978. John and Wendy instigated a twenty-year development program, which commenced with the restoration of the original winery building and the replanting of all of the original vineyards, as well as the acquisition of new vineyard sites.
Te Mata winery has been ranked 'Top Winery in New Zealand' evidenced by the consistent quality of the Coleraine and Awatea Cabernet Merlot wines, the Bull Nose Syrah and the Elston Chardonnay. 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.
Fine creamy and fruit centric, a harmonious bouquet of fresh cream and vanilla, a finer gunflint moment showing off the mineral side of the wine, white smoke and tense toasty barrel moments. Dry, weighty, tense and alluring. Great texture with a core of fruit. Very youthful too with lots of acidity. A mix of fruit flavours with stone fruits and tree fruits, citrus with a whisper of pineapple. A lovely wine, very young. best from 2022 through 2028+. Cameron Douglas MS
One of the best examples of Elston that I can recall tasting. Crisp, dry chardonnay with reduced malolactic fermentation. An elegant wine with a mineral thread and grapefruit, lemon curd, hazelnut and Baguette crust flavours. Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell; The Real Review
Perhaps it is vine age, winemaker experience and/or a top vintage, but this is one of the best examples of Elston chardonnay I can recall tasting. Elegant with a mineral thread, grapefruit, lemon curd, hazelnut and baguette crust flavours. I love it! Rating: 95 Points; Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE
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