Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. Under the direction of John Buck, Te Mata Estate has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea cabernets/Merlots, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and Zara Viognier. In Vintage_2012 Te Mata Estate launched Estate Vineyards, a collection sourced exclusively from their own vineyards and blended to represent the best qualities of their variety.
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 13 is bottled with leading technology DIAM' corks. These are produced using a liquid form of carbon dioxide which eliminates any possibility of cork taint and, when the wine is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle. Elston '13 will continue to develop in bottle for five years from harvest.
The superb quality of the Vintage_2013 vintage was immediately apparent in the fully ripe grapes that were hand-harvested from their separate, individual plots within Te Mata Estate's vineyards between 14 and 23 March Vintage_2013.
Each parcel was gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled and racked to new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The resulting wines remained in contact with their yeast lees while undergoing malolactic fermentation. The finest lots were selected for further maturation, spending a total of ten months in barrel. The finished wine was bottled in March Vintage_2013.
Elston '13 has a bright lemon-gold colour, with the classic Hawke's Bay fresh, ripe peach aroma, and notes of perfumed citrus blossom and oatmeal biscuit. On the palate it shows great intensity and balance with rich characters of ripest stonefruit, sweet lemon, and creamy nougat, right through its amazing length. It epitomises the best qualities of Elston; finesse, richness, texture, purity and length.