Hughes and Hughes Riesling 2019
Fresh, vibrant and very interesting. 5% of the wine has been aged in Oak adding another level of texture to the wine. A little like a German Kabinett, offering more than just lime and citrus primary fruit.
Fruit for the Hughes and Hughes Riesling 2019 was sourced from the Coal River Valley and the Derwent Valley. The blend is made up of 95% tank fermented GHM yeast, and 5% barrel fermented natural yeast. The primary ferment long and cool and was stopped when balance was achieved. It was held on lees for two months post ferment and bottled on the 21st July.
The Hughes and Hughes Riesling 2018 has cracking acidity that is balanced by 7 grams of residual sugar. There’s citrus and white florals bursting out. The residual sugar allows the palate to begin with fruit and transition to a dry finish. The time on lees has added weight and rounded the wine out. A limited volume of only 2508 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.