Under the Hughes & Hughes label, Young Gun of Wine 2018 'Best New Act' winemaker Jonathan Hughes, makes small-batch, regional Tasmanian Pinot and Chardonnay. Our allocations of these wines are strictly limited – access this vintage now.
Established by Hughes brothers Matthew and Jonathan in 2011, Mewstone produces wines only from the Flowerpot vineyard on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The Hughes & Hughes label allows the brothers to explore the island by bringing together fruit sourced from around Tasmania.
The aim is drinkability. The wines they produce, like this Chardonnay sourced from the Derwent and Huon Valleys, are delicious, full-flavoured, textural and very approachable.
"From the Derwent and Huon Valleys, it is 100% barrel fermented in new and used oak, matured for 4 months on lees. The aromas and flavours are in the grapefruit/citrus corner of the ring, minerally in tandem. Drink to 2027."
95 points, James Halliday, May 2018.
"Chardonnay from Tasmania’s Derwent and Huon valleys. It went through full MLF but it’s racy with acidity, crunchy indeed, the fruit flavours themselves having taken on a creamy softness but the structure left intact. This is another glittering release under the Hughes & Hughes banner. Smoked bran, rosewater, lemon, fresh cedarwood and stronefruit; it’s exotic and subtle at once. This will improve with some bottle age. Drink 2018-2024."
93+ points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, November 2017.