Mewstone Chardonnay 2016

Wine Front 94 Points!

Gourmet Traveller Wine's YOUNG WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR 2019

Best New Winery 2019 - James Halliday!

Australia, Tasmania
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Wine Front 94 Points!

"Fermented wild and allowed to go through mlf. 1158 bottles only. Bottled unfined. Mewstone has 600 metres of ocean frontage facing the D’Entrecasteux Channel in southern Tasmania – south of Hobart.

I have a bee in my bonnet about the oft-used term “Tasmanian acidity”. It’s not a phrase I like to see; it looks lazy to me. And so I’m a little red-faced to admit that when I first tasted this Chardonnay from Mewstone, the first thing to pop to mind was indeed that phrase. It’s a wine with flavour, texture and length but yes, it’s slipped with cool-light acidity. It gives the wine a certain ring of confidence. There are notes of ginger, preserved lemon, pink grapefruit and oyster shells here, and while I’m sure there was oak involved there’s very little sign of it in the wine. A kiss of toasted cedar wood, is all. More than anything it’s about pure fruit, illuminated by a cool low light. Thankfully it went through malo; it needed to. Pick this up in three years (+) time and it will be just starting to hit its straps. Tasmania certainly knows how to produce modern wine stars. ."

 Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, July 2017

 Best New Winery 2019 - James Halliday!

"We are a small family owned winery in Southern Tasmania. The vineyard is located in Flowerpot, about 40 minutes south of Hobart on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Our focus is premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. We are very proud to have just been named Halliday Best new Winery 2019.

A tiny yield with small bunches and berries resulted in incredible intensity. Whole bunch pressed directly to barrel and naturally fermented. Aged in oak, 50% new, for nine months and bottled in late summer. Only 505 bottles produced.


"Innovative and adventurous winemaker Jonny Hughes is making his mark on the Tasmanian wine industry, and is the obvious choice for our Young Winemaker of the Year."

"Meantime, the minuscule Mewstone vineyard is growing with the core of Pinot Noir augmented with Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc."

"Hughes is a young man on the rise with a clear focused and assured direction"

- Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Oct/Nov 19