2017 was just a great vintage, I think it will become one of the modern classic vintages for Tasmania.
About The Wine
A gorgeous view from amongst the Pinot Noir vines on the Mewstone vineyard. The vineyard overlooks the D’Entrecasteux Channel in southern Tasmania, a north-facing slope with temperatures that are moderated by the proximity to the ocean.
It's a prime spot for Jonathan Hughes to craft high-quality Pinot Noir. His 2017 release is excellent. The fruit picked on the knife edge of ripeness but with crunchy acidity as a backbone. A Pinot of full body and flavour with polish and precision in spades. It's a stellar release.
A more balanced and refined rendition of Pinot from Jonny in 2017, as he said, "we ended up with lots of flavour at very low alcohols which is great."
Tassie Pinot fans should be lining up for this release, the wines from Mewstone are quickly becoming some of the most sought after in the Huon Valley.
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.