Tuesday 24 April 2018

Hughes & Hughes 2017 Riesling

I have been working my way slowly through the Hughes & Hughes range, and also sharing some of the wines with members of my tasting groups. The responses have been universally positive with a couple of pinot noirs being major hits, along with this floral, citrusy and downright delicious riesling. The back story is a terrific one with brothers Jonny and Matthew Hughes, based at Flowerpot in the extreme south of Tasmania, making wines that are full of verve, texture and interest.This is a blend of fruit sourced from the Coal River and Derwent valleys. Only 2500 bottles were made, but this is well worth seeking out. $27. www.mewstonewines.com.au   

Sunday 8 April 2018

Sailor Seeks Horse 2016 Pinot Noir

In just a couple of years, Paul and Gilli Lipscombe have developed cult status for their glorious Huon Valley pinots - and with some young vines coming online there is more of it than ever before (although production is still tiny). This is a very structural pinot with great acid and intensity that sits midway between the fruit-driven style favoured by many Tasmanian pinot producers and more subtle savoury nuances. It is a wine of power and palate interest, with an immediate drinkability factor. Long and supple; serious but fun. $50https://sailorseekshorse.com.au