Jonny and Matthew Hughes established Mewstone Wines on the slopes leading down to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in Australia’s island state’s south-east. On these slopes, the grapes are given a boost in ripening. Like the vineyards along the Mosel river in Germany, the waters of the Channel reflects light up onto the Mewstone vineyard giving the grapes a boost in ripening. With these grapes and Jonny’s experience and skill in handling pinot noir, it is little wonder that Mewstone Wines has been setting tongues wagging with their slew of accolades recently.
This pinot is so vibrant that its purple hues literally bounce out of the glass along with fresh raspberry and blueberry fruit. And the aromas unfurl it reveals it has a much more earthy side, with savoury mushroom and thyme, with a smidge of nutmeg.
It has a gentle fruit weight, while it delivers a full throttle pinot experience due to some partial whole bunch fermentation and a well judged oak regimen of seasoned and new oak. This wine continues to evolve in the glass and always retains its perfumed grace as it lingers. A wine not to rush, but to take slowly.
Quickie review «There is a delicious perfumed intensity to this wine and fresh vibrancy to the berry fruit. It is certainly not a wine to rush but one to savour.»
Country of Origin: Tasmania, Australia
Tasting Date: November 2018
Drink: now – 7+
Needs food: no
Read more about Mewstone Wines in my interview with Jonny Hughes here.
Read more about Tasmanian wines here.
Here is a video review of the wine:
Disclaimer: A sample of this wine was received however my review is strictly independent. Please see my sample policy for further details.