Hughes and Hughes Pinot Gris 2020 – Skin Contact
Extended skin contact means the wine has a distinctive copper bronze colour, almost like a Rose but also very different. It is an amazing glass of wine and will bring a sense of joy and fun when you drink it
Fruit for the Hughes and Hughes Pinot Gris 2020 was sourced from an organic grower in the Huon Valley. It is 100% skin fermented with natural yeast. It was held on skins for 3 weeks before being pressed to oak. It was matured for two months on lees while undergoing MLF. It was bottled on the 21st July.
The Hughes and Hughes Pinot Gris 2019 has a beautiful copper gold hue. There’s orange zest, pear and spice jumping out of the glass. The tannins are fine and highlight the earth and spice. It has great length and intensity and makes a very versatile wine. Certainly not your standard modern-day Australian pinot gris, but a delicious with food or as an aperitif. A limited volume of only 828 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.