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.
Medium yellow colour, with a quite oaky bouquet, some smokey 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 now, better in a couple of years. Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke, The Real Review
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. Rating: 18.5/20 Points; Joëlle Thomson
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