Hughes and Hughes is the more experimental arm of Mewstone Wines.
The wines under the Hughes & Hughes label bring together fruit sourced from around Tasmania. Hughes & Hughes aims to produce bright wines with strong natural acidity and drinkability. Matthew and Jonathan Hughes like tracking down small parcels of fruit from some of Tasmania’s smallest vineyards. They explore the use of skins, stalks, solids and fermentation variations to produce small batch wines that challenge the status quo. All Hughes & Hughes wines are unfined and low sulphur.
They were awarded the title of Halliday's Best New Winery 2019. Expect exciting things from these guys.
Sourced from a single vineyard in the Derwent Valley (Kinvarra), one puncheon from MV6, two puncheons from the mixed clone ‘home’ block, naturally fermented with 15% whole bunches in barrels, no plunging or pump overs, pressed to and matured in oak, 33% new, for 7 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 1848 bottles produced.
Brothers Matthew and Jonathan Hughes have established Mewstone Vineyard on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the tiny hamlet of Flowerpot. They create expressive single site wines with a minimum of intervention in the winery. The vineyard is a former cherry orchard and with some new plantings this year will expand to a final size of 3.5 hectares. The original planting consists mostly of Pinot Noir with small plantings of Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
With Mewstone vineyard established, they added a second range. A venture that focuses more on the winemaking. Sourcing quality grapes from other local vineyards, the Hughes & Hughes range allows Jonathan to be more daring with his winemaking endeavours and bring together techniques that he has encountered from his world travels. Producing in small batches means he can put a whole lot of love into these unique creations.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Squeaky clean yet laden with character. Stalk, spice, nut and leaf matter notes steer a savoury course but the core of cherry-berry flavour is bright, juicy and ripe. The fundamentals are covered, the flair is then applied. Dry, herb-flecked tannin tethers the finish to the future.