2011 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay New Zealand

SKU #1122397

Te Mata Estate founded in 1896 is New Zealand's oldest family owned winery. The Elston Chardonnay is one of countries most iconic and prestigious wines. Winemakers Notes: The 2011 Elston Chardonnay has a brilliant, green gold colour, and lovely aromas of nectarine and white peach, with a background of oatmeal and cedar. It is elegant and intense, with a mineral tension in the extended palate that suggests considerable cellaring potential. Elston ‘11 will continue to evolve in bottle for five years + from harvest and matches well with full flavoured dishes based on seafood, poultry and white meats, as well as soft ripened cheeses." The 2011 vintage has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2010 garnered 95 points from James Suckling who wrote: "This is really fabulous with insane density like grand cru Burgundy. Full and layered with great concentration and structure. Lemon rind, apple pie and mineral undertones. It's all about tension and structure here. Needs time to come around. Better in 2015" I personally think the 2011 is better than the 2010 with more brightness and minerality and I am sure it will achieve similar acclaim.

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2013  | Send Email
The purity of the peach, pineapple, and green apple fruit next to the racy mineral undertones really made this Chardonnay stand out. Great oak use as well lends some nice notes of vanilla and toast. This chardonnay has the structure and depth to keep going for quite a few years!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2013  | Send Email
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A stunning combination of soft stone fruits like peach and nectarine with crunchier elements of ripe pear and Russet apple. An intriguing grain or oatmeal character sets in on the mid palate with the finish showing lots of tension, and a long, mineral laced Peacocks tail finish. Truly special wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/28/2013  | Send Email
Sweet vanilla, apple, pineapple, minerally chalkiness, restrained use of oak, and medium plus acidity. Lovely!

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5