Mewstone Hughes & Huhges Pinot Noir 2018


93 points, Mike Bennie,, “Has an amazing, fruity aroma, full of detail, cherry and maraschino, sweet spice, raspberry liquorice, some jubey notes. Screams great drinking. Juicy and bright in the palate, more of the sweetish cherry fruit to taste but crisp acidity and a feathery web of tannins works well. Flavoursome yet fresh, leaner style but high drinkability. Yes thanks.”

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James Halliday’s Best New Winery 2019

Brothers Matthew and Jonathan (Jonny) Hughes established Mewstone Vineyard on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the tiny hamlet of Flowerpot in 2011. The vineyard is planted on a former cherry orchard, the original 2ha since expanded to 3.65ha consisting mainly of pinot noir (2.1ha), with smaller plantings of riesling, shiraz and chardonnay. Jonny is the winemaker in this family venture; he studied winemaking in NZ before working in Langhorne Creek, Central Otago, Mornington Peninsula, Barolo, Hunter Valley and Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.

Heading home to Tasmania, Jonny worked in various roles within the local wine industry, before settling in as the assistant winemaker at Moorilla Estate for seven years. With the vineyard established to produce the single site Mewstone wines, the brothers have embarked on a second label, Hughes & Hughes, which focuses on Tasmania as a whole.

Purchasing quality grapes from other local vineyards, this label uses slightly unconventional winemaking techniques that Jonny encountered on his world travels. Small batch production means he can put maximum effort in. The focus of Hughes & Hughes is Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Best New Winery Wine Companion 2019

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