2016 Mewstone Chardonnay

Huon Valley, TAS

Small batch Chardonnay from a rising Tasmanian producer.



About The Wine

Brothers Matthew and Jonathan Hughes are Tasmanian stars on the rise.

Their Mewstone wines come from their small plot in the South of the island, a former cherry orchard planted to Pinot Noir and a smattering of Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Riesling.

The 2016 release of Chardonnay is a ripper. Full flavoured with an intense drive through the mouth, this is a Chardonnay that really packs a punch. It has presence and panache, and as was noted by Campbell Mattinson in his 94 point review, "a certain ring of confidence".

The quality of Tasmanian wine seems on an unstoppable upward trajectory. It's wines like this that make this one of the most exciting wine regions in the country.

Less than 100 dozen made.

About Mewstone

Mewstone Wines is a joint venture between Jonny and Matt Hughes, two Tasmanian born wine-heads, and their respective wives Margie and Cathie.

The two families have invested in a small plot of land on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the charmingly named locality of Flowerpot, on the south-eastern tip of Tasmania. Matt works the grapes, Jonny makes the wines, taking what he learnt from seven years as assistant winemaker at Moorilla and re-imagining it for his own label.

The Hughes & Hughes wines offer some of the best value to be found in Tasmania at the moment, and the Mewstone premium range focuses on exception single-vineyard wines made in a style that Jonny wants to drink. 

James Halliday called them, "an utterly exceptional wine producer". Keep an eye on this ambitious pair as their star continues to rise.

The Mewstone vineyard on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel
The Mewstone vineyard on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel
Huon Valley, TAS

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"I have a bee in my bonnet about the oft-used term “Tasmanian acidity”. It’s not a phrase I like to see; it looks lazy to me. And so I’m a little red-faced to admit that when I first tasted this Chardonnay from Mewstone, the first thing to pop to mind was indeed that phrase. It’s a wine with flavour, texture and length but yes, it’s slipped with cool-light acidity. It gives the wine a certain ring of confidence. There are notes of ginger, preserved lemon, pink grapefruit and oyster shells here, and while I’m sure there was oak involved there’s very little sign of it in the wine. A kiss of toasted cedar wood, is all. More than anything it’s about pure fruit, illuminated by a cool low light. Thankfully it went through malo; it needed to. Pick this up in three years (+) time and it will be just starting to hit its straps. Tasmania certainly knows how to produce modern wine stars." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

With ripe flavours arriving when we still had ripping acidity we have sought a rich elegant style. Whole bunch pressed directly to barrel for natural fermentation which provided an inherent complexity. It was then allowed to pass through malolactic fermentation to naturally enrich the wine. It spent the year maturing alongside our reds and was bottled in late summer.

Only 1158 bottles produced.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 98 dozen

Jonny in the vineyard
Jonny in the vineyard
Huon Valley, TAS

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