Hughes and Hughes Chardonnay 2019
A Great Tasmanian Chardonnay under $30 – Enough Said. Very on trend and very drinkable
Fruit for the Hughes and Hughes Chardonnay 2017 was sourced from the Derwent and Huon Valleys. It is 100% barrel fermented in new and seasoned oak with Pinot Alba yeast. It was matured for four months on lees while undergoing MLF and bottled on the 12th September.
The Hughes and Hughes Chardonnay 2019 has ripe acidity and is balanced by subtle oak and lees texture. There’s grapefruit and funk, lemon and cedar. Don’t be fooled by the MLF, acid is at the centre of this wine, bound by earthy aromas and mouth filling textures. A limited volume of only 2496 bottles were produced without fining
Best New Winery of the Year / Young Winemaker of the Year 2019
Who are we to argue with James Halliday and the WINE Magazine. Tasmania is on a roll right now and if you were to start a new high quality winery in Australia, there really is only one place to go; and that is Tasmania.
The Barossa Valley has had its time in the sun; literally, as with Global warming who knows if it will get too hot for quality wines. Now it’s Tasmania’s turn to shine, or more to the point, take advantage of the incredible demand for Pinot Noir and cool climate white wines, think Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris, and that is before we start talking about Sparkling Wine.
But I digress, the Best New Winery of the Year was awarded to Mewstone Wines, who also have a brand called Hughes and Hughes
Hughes and Hughes is a story of two brothers who both have Economics degrees. One took the more traditional path working for Macquarie Bank, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. The other brother decided a life in wine was more interesting, if less financially secure. He worked a string of vintages in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere working for a number of high profile wineries, including Felton Road in Central Otago. Fast forward 15 years and the brothers have now joined forces, planting a vineyard in their home state of Tasmania and their success and their wines are spectacular.
These are wines of character and place and a great example of the modern Australian wine industry, which strangely is looking back to the past. The use of traditional grape varieties, made in a traditional way, but not trying to produce a wine style to suit any critic or super market chain, but rather wines the winemakers want to drink.