About The Wine
Gee Pinot Gris is a whole lot more interesting in Australia these days.
Jonny Hughes pulls out all the tricks on his version of the variety. Some of the fruit is fermented on skins, some is fermented in barrel, some just sent to tank. Finally, after the ferments are complete, the whole lot hangs out on lees before being bottled.
What you get is a lush, textural style of Pinot Gris with a very slight blush to the colour.
It's great drinking. A divergent style to the sterile, simple, Pinot Gris that litter the fridges of large chain bottle shops. This is a small batch, hand crafted Pinot Gris that is super easy to drink.
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.