Variety: Pinot Noir 75%, Syrah 25%
Country, Region: Australia, Tasmania
Fruit from vineyards in the Derwent Valley and the d’Entrecasteaux Channel. 75% pinot noir and 25% syrah. Predominantly whole bunch pressed with the balance pressed after 3 days, naturally fermented in seasoned barrrels. Matured for 12 months before being fortified. Aromatised with locally sourced wormwood, boronia, native pepperberry, kunzea and lavender tea tree and sweetened with Bruny Island honey. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
An aromatic style with florals, spice and earth all present. The base of wormwood peaks through the native aromas. Ample bitterness is balanced by sweetness to bring together this versatile red vermouth. While it’s great for mixing but can be readily enjoyed by simply pouring over ice.
'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.