**Available for delivery w/c 2nd September 2019**
2019 Wine Companion Awards 'Best New Winery of the Year'
2018 Young Guns of Wine 'Best New Act' Jonny Hughes
Mewstone is the premium label from Hughes & Hughes, with all fruit being sourced from their own vineyard in Flowerpot. We often speak of small allocations however, Mewstone take it to another level. Regrettably, these amazing wines cannot be offered for general sale and will not be available at our portfolio tasting on the 28 September.
Instead, we are offering a special four-pack containing one bottle of each of the following; 2018 Riesling, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Chardonnay and 2018 Pinot Noir. Take it from me; these wines are very special indeed…
In the spirit of fairness, offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
Only one pack per order / street please (it’s amazing how many neighbours purchase!).
2018 Mewstone Chardonnay: Grapefruit and white floral aromas are supported by hints of stone fruit, citrus and cedar. Underlying reduction adds a savoury dimension. The palate walks the line between rich and refined, generous but taut. Our earliest pick to date, vintage began on 23rd March in our Chardonnay block. Whole bunch pressed directly to barrel and naturally fermented followed by full malolactic fermentation. Aged in oak, 40% new, for nine months and bottled in late summer. Only 792 bottles and 24 magnums produced.
2018 Mewstone Pinot Noir: Blue fruits and earthy aromas are complemented by great tannin structure. Red fruits and subtle reductive notes make for a wine with poise, complexity and structure that will continue to develop with time. The two pinot blocks were picked individually on March 23rd and April 2nd. The top block was then naturally fermented with 40% whole bunch, the bottom block with 20% in our old milk vats. These were pressed after 20 days on skins to oak, 40% new, and matured while undergoing malolactic fermentation. They were racked and sulphured prior to bottling in late summer. Only 3036 bottles and 72 magnums produced.
2018 Mewstone Riesling: White blossoms and ripe citrus make for a seductive nose, the cool site is reflected in the great acidity on display. A medium dry style, the sweetness balances the racy acidity and refreshing bitter twist. A rich mouth filling style perfectly suited as an aperitif. Picked on April 8th, the fruit was destemmed, crushed and left to soak for 24 hours. Pressed to old oak and naturally fermented. As the cellar cooled in late autumn so too did the ferment. Fermentation extended out beyond six weeks before we called a halt as the sugars and acidity found their balance. Matured on lees through to late spring before filtering and bottling. Only 1128 bottles and 60 magnums produced.
2018 Mewstone Sauvignon Blanc: The nose hints at those typical aromas of passionfruit, greengages, cut grass but with added nuttiness and reduction. The palate has some fine chalky tannin and a soft rich mouthfeel complimented by charming acidity. Our final Sauvignon was picked on April 4th. Whole bunch pressed to oak, 50% new, and naturally fermented. Full malolactic fermentation. Matured on lees for six months prior to bottling at the end of spring. Only 384 bottles produced.
**Available for delivery w/c 2nd September 2019**
2018 Mewstone Chardonnay: Grapefruit and white floral aromas are supported by hints of stone fruit, citrus and cedar. Underlying reduction adds a savoury dimension. The palate walks the line between rich and refined, generous but taut.
2018 Mewstone Pinot Noir: Blue fruits and earthy aromas are complemented by great tannin structure. Red fruits and subtle reductive notes make for a wine with poise, complexity and structure that will continue to develop with time.
2018 Mewstone Riesling: White blossoms and ripe citrus make for a seductive nose, the cool site is reflected in the great acidity on display. A medium dry style, the sweetness balances the racy acidity and refreshing bitter twist. A rich mouth filling style perfectly suited as an aperitif.
2018 Mewstone Sauvignon Blanc: The nose hints at those typical aromas of passionfruit, greengages, cut grass but with added nuttiness and reduction. The palate has some fine chalky tannin and a soft rich mouthfeel complimented by charming acidity.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
Zalto Universal Glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
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.
"Without question, Tasmanian wines have been one of the greatest discoveries for us over the past few years. From House of Arras, producers of the finest sparkling wines to be made outside of Champagne to some of the greatest Pinot Noirs we’ve ever tasted. "
Positioned just over 400 km from mainland Australia’s south east coast, Tasmania has rapidly gained a reputation for being a premium, cool climate wine region, not just for sparkling wines but also for top quality still wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. With vineyard sites positioned on the north and south east side of the island taking full advantage of the cool, maritime influences and coastal breezes that help to preserve the crisp acidity and freshness that is so important in producing wines of this Calibre. Wine makers in Tasmania utilise the whole region often blending parcels from vineyards across the different sub-regions that each lend its own specific identity to the wines.
Tamar Valley on the north coast is one of the warmer sub-regions with a higher level of rainfall producing fruit with a riper character. Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils and home to the outstanding sparkling wine producer House Of Arras. Created by Ed Carr who is unanimously considered to be Australia’s greatest sparkling wine maker, House Of Arras source grapes from top vineyard sites located on Tasmania’s south and eastern coastal sub-regions. As we travel south we come to the East Coast region followed by Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley. Based in the Huon Valley is Glaetzer-Dixon, responsible for producing, amongst others, the legendary La Judith Pinot Noir with 3 years of aging in new oak. Dr Edge is a producer that focuses on the unique expression of each terroir creating three individual, single vineyard Pinot Noirs each from a different sub-region. Simply named North - from Stoney Rise vineyard in Tamar Valley, East – from Hazards Vineyard in the East Coast and South – from Meadow Bank vineyard in Derwent Valley. As well as these single vineyard expressions Dr Edge also produces a blend of all three named Tasmania.
Based in the Huon Valley is Sailor Seeks Horse who brought a derelict, 6.5 hectare vineyard back to life from which they now produce exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hughes & Hughes can be found in a tiny hamlet called Flowerpot, who as well as Pinot and Chardonnay, produce Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from grapes sourced from growers across the island. Our range of Tasmanian wines is continuously growing and we believe the region is just beginning to discover its potential for world class class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as still wines as well as the famous sparklings to come out of Tasmania.
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