95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Elston Chardonnay 2018 is a fine, pale gold with notes of beeswax, white flowers, ripe peaches and flinty, wet, stone that flow through onto the palate. Considered by many to be New Zealand's finest Chardonnay. Te Mata Elston is a sure fire contender in any discussion of New Zealand's finest white wines. With wonderful fruit weight, perfect oak contribution and superb balance, this is pure and simply world class wine.
The winery writes "Pale lemon in colour with a brilliant, diamond-like clarity, Elston Chardonnay 2018 shows captivating notes of roasted hazelnuts, cashews and citrus fruits on the nose, alongside crème brûlée and nougat. Tropical fruit, intense white peach and ripe lemon all radiate across the palate. Elston Chardonnay 2018, with its signature balance, moreish acidity and fine, lingering finish is lush and powerful. Exceptionally appealing with superb ripeness and length.
Sam Kim writes "Offering elegance and grace, the wine shows nectarine, fig, vanilla, roasted nut and brioche characters on the nose. It's equally stylish on the palate, displaying excellent focus and flowing mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by fleshy texture and perfectly pitched acidity."