94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas "Pristine and elegant, yet intensely powerful"
95 POINTS | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "immensely captivating and attractive."
The 2019 vintage is now widely recognised as the greatest Hawke's Bay vintage in living memory; a year where every varietal performed to its full potential. Tasting these 2019 wines at Te Mata was a joy, with Elston very clearly in the form of its life. It is another 2019 Te Mata release to outperform our already high expectations. Vibrant, fresh and bursting with grapefruit / citrus notes, it carries perfectly pitched barrel-ferment and malolactic characters through to the palate. It is sensational.
The winery writes "A brilliant white-gold in the glass, Elston Chardonnay ’19 has the immediate aroma of fresh golden nectarines, passionfruit and grilled pineapple. Lush, ripe acid drives the wine's length and balance, bringing the mouthfeel from ripe sweet lemon and white peach, to crème brûlée, roasted cashew, popcorn, to mineral tones and flint. As complex fruit becomes savoury in the long finish, the liveliness of Elston Chardonnay ’19 gives way to elegance. This is an Elston for the ages."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "94 pts. Pristine and elegant, yet intensely powerful, showing green apple, fig, lime zest and subtle oatmeal characters on the nose. The palate displays excellent focus and vibrancy, wonderfully supported by fine texture and bright acidity, finishing impressively long and engaging."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "95 pts. This is splendidly styled and composed, showing white fleshy peach, lemon peel, nougat and roasted cashew notes on the nose, followed by a finely styled palate delivering creamy mouthfeel and silky flow. It’s beautifully poised and harmonious with elegant complexity, making it immensely captivating and attractive."