Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Country, Region: Australia, Tasmania
Fruit from a vineyard in the Coal River Valley (Clarence House), picked at 12.5 baume, skin soaked for 12 hours, 95% naturally fermented in tank and 5% naturally fermented in oak before being matured on lees. Bottled unfined and filtered.
'From a single vineyard in the Coal River Valley, fermented in stainless steel with a portion on skins. Sauvignon blanc is typically sulky in Tasmania, but Mewstone has caused it to be happy, with juicy fruit and citrussy acidity. Drink by 2022.' 94 points, James Halliday, August 2020.
'The Hughes & Hughes range is one of the great examples of producers diversifying in the landscape of fine pinot noir and chardonnay (and sparkling wines) that Tasmania holds aloft. I like the cut of their jib.' Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2019.
All wines from Hughes & Hughes are from fruit purchased (mostly from southern Tasmania) and made by Jonny Hughes at his 'day job' at Pooley wines. Work has begun on the Mewstone cellar construction so soon the wines will be made at the Mewstone vineyard at Flowerpot. Varietal wines are made using seeded ferments and are fined and filtered whereas small batch wines are made with natural yeast ferments and are largely un-fined and unfiltered as is the practice for all Mewstone wines. These wines all show the lightness of touch and elegance and finesse that runs from the white wines into the Pinot Noirs as well. Never lacking for flavour or personality all wines show pristine fruit and share a unique vibrancy that comes from minimal intervention wine-making.