Mewstone Wines - Bollinger

 

Halliday winemaker of the year 2019

Brothers Matthew and Jonathan Hughes who were born and grew up in Tasmania, planted a minute 2 hectares of vineyard in 2011 in Flowerpot Tasmania, a tiny hamlet with a recorded population of just 73 residents. The Brothers intend to expand the vineyards to a maximum of 3.5 hectares which mainly consist of Pinot Noir with some smaller plantings of chardonnay, syrah, riesling and sauvignon blanc.

Jonny is the winemaker of this family run venture who originally studied winemaking in New Zealand and following this spent the next few years gathering a wealth of experience which included working a vintage at Central Otago’s Felton Road as well as Langehorne Creek, Mornington Peninsula, Barolo, Hunter Valley and Okanagan Valley in Canada before heading back home to Tasmania, working as the assistant winemaker at Moorilla in Hobart where he worked for seven years.

It is the experienced Jonny gained whilst travelling and working in various wineries across the world that has lead to the creation of their Hughes & Hughes range. This range of wines allows Jonny to experiment with a slightly more unconventional approach, and be more daring with his winemaking methods, combining various techniques that he discovered on his travels.

For the Hughes & Hughes range they source grapes from other local vineyards across Tasmania, from quality sites found in various sub-regions such as the Derwent and Coal River Valleys and the D’entrecasteaux Channel to produce either single vineyard expressions or bringing together and blending the grapes from vineyards.

The Hughes & Hughes wines are produced with a focus on the winemaking, working in small batches allowing Jonny to pay attention to the details to create something more unique. This meticulous approach has resulted in exceptional quality wines, a result that has been recognised recently when they were awarded the title of James Halliday’s Best New Winery Of The 2019.

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