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Iconic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

  • Closure: Cork
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Chardonnay

$38.99 $34.99 elsewhere $38.99

Regions : Hawkes Bay

Iconic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

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One of the icons of New Zealand wine – since the first vintage in 1984 Te Mata have been refining the wine style, tweaking the techniques and understanding the vines.

Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"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

Elston Chardonnay ’17 is a fine, pale gold with notes of beeswax, white flowers, ripe peaches and flinty, wet, stone that flow through onto the palate. Roast almonds, hazelnuts, clover honey and warm brioche, along with this wine’s signature tight acidity, give the Elston Chardonnay ’17 incredible length, detail and finesse."

95/100 Huon Hooke, August 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Complex mealy, nutty bouquet, which is more funky and solidsy than usual from this marque. Lush, sweet, ripe fruit: a delicious wine. Drink 2018 – 2027."

Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…

5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)​​​
"A beautifully styled chardonnay, the inviting bouquet shows ripe peach, rockmelon, vanilla and hazelnut aromas with a touch of oatmeal complexity. It is wonderfully rounded and creamy on the palate, while remaining firmly structured by bright acidity. The wine offers excellent weight and texture with layers of complex flavours. This is a great Elston. At its best: 2019 to 2026.​"

5 Stars & 19.5-/20 Raymond Chan, March 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"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."

Sue Courtney, (2016 Vintage)
"A rich savoury wine with a light citrine hue; vanilla biscuit, gunflint and mealy aromas and more of the same in the palate. Quite tingly in its youth with the acidity subsiding to reveal ripe stonefruit and nectarine, savoury earthy notes (as in potters clay) with a creamy oak sweetness to the persistent full-bodied finish."

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