Hughes and Hughes Pinot Noir 2020
A Great Tasmanian Pinot $32 – Enough Said. Very on trend and very drinkable
Fruit for the Hughes and Hughes Pinot Noir 2020 was sourced from the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the Coal River, Derwent and Huon Valleys. Each batch was individually fermented with R71 yeast. Each batch was held on skins for 18-22 days before being pressed to oak. In total it has 9% whole bunch, mainly from a small carbonic ferment designed to be blended in. It was matured for four months on lees while undergoing MLF and bottled on the 13th September.
The Hughes and Hughes Pinot Noir 2020 has a beautiful ruby hue. There’s bright red fruits and earthy undertones. The tannins are fine and highlight the earth and spice balanced by length and intensity and makes a very versatile wine. Only 6540 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.