2021 Hughes & Hughes Milk Vat Pinot Noir

Micro-batch Tasmanian Pinot Noir from the Hughes brothers.

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This ridiculously delicious Tassie Pinot is made by the Hughes brothers of Mewstone fame, only ever produced in tiny amounts.

They take fruit from a single vineyard in the North West of Tasmania, then ferment it as whole berries and a small portion of whole bunches in a milk vat for around 20 days. And what an excellent decision that turned out to be - the finished wine is fantastic.

The hits keep on coming from this Tasmanian duo. Their Pinot Noirs are full flavoured and spicy. Yet another top release that won't last long.

Fruit from a single vineyard in the North West (White Rock). Harvested on April 11th at 12.6 baume. Whole berries and a few bunches (5%) were fermented in our trusty Milk Vat for 20 days. Gently pumped over once a day while the ferment was most active (4-5 times in total). It was pressed to and matured in oak for ten months (30% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

93 Points - "This is both light on its feet and entirely convincing. It's a taut, stringy, herb-flecked pinot with cranberry, strawberry and red cherry flavours mixed with twigs and assorted greenery. It's light but ripe, bright and insistent. Tannin here is velvety and while there are signs of cedar wood oak it feels perfectly well integrated. The Hughes & Hughes wines are clearly in terrific shape." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Very deep and bright colour, purple shading to crimson, quite remarkable for an Aussie pinot. The aromas are of black and red fruits, blackberry, black cherry and super-ripe raspberry—bold, bright and straightforward, the fruit doing all the talking and leaping out of the glass. It's the same in the mouth: bright, young and energetic fruit, a little plain right now but seems to have heaps of potential." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

90 Points - "Predominantly whole-berry pinot noir sourced from the northwest and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel area. Bright cherry red in hue with characters of dark plum, red cherry and wild strawberry flowing forth along with hints of spice, purple flowers, red licorice and stone. Tight and sapid on the palate with a sour cherry twang, a light sheen of spice and game meats and a medium-length finish featuring gentle tannin support." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

93 Points - "The 2021 Hughes & Hughes Milk Vat Pinot Noir was fermented, as you might have guessed from the name, in a milk vat, and it's made from fruit sourced in the north west of Tasmania, from the White Rock vineyard. The wine is, as with all of the Mewstone wines in this release, reliably delicious, spicy and vibrant. Lipstick-pink and littered with strawberries both aromatically and in the mouth, the wine is light, spicy and startlingly bright. Lovely. Very good." - Erin Larkin (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)


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 exceptional 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.

Jonny and Matt Hughes - Mewstone Vineyard, TAS Mewstone

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