A compelling wine.
About The Wine
It's near on impossible to find a class act Chardonnay from Tasmania under $50, such is the demand for fruit on the Apple Isle.
Brothers Jonny and Matt Hughes have pulled a bit of a rabbit out of the hat with this one.
This is fruit from a single site in the Coal River Valley, fermented all in barrel with some malo and an extended time on lees before release. Remarkable that they can turn out a wine this good at the price, the Hughes lads are certainly ones to watch.
Just about as good as you will see for Tasmanian Chardonnay at this price.
98 points from James Halliday and selected as part of his Top 100 Wines of 2020. Bargain.
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.