Ben Haines; The Journey Continues
After so many years of juggling a full-time winemaking role at some of Australia's most iconic wineries, with the building of his own eponymous brand, Ben Haines Wine, Ben is finally taking the leap and focusing solely on the BH wines once vintage 2018 finishes for him. While working on building his own range of wines, Ben has overseen the rebirth of Mt Langi, and restored its wines to the esteem in which they were once held, his 2015 Langi Shiraz (the first vintage at Langi under his helm) was classified with Australian icons Grange, and Hill of Grace as one the top 3 Shiraz's in the 2018 Wine Companion. With that mission accomplished, Ben now turns his attention to taking his own wines to the next level. Moving his base to the Yarra Valley, Ben will continue to grow and evolve the Ben Haines range, with an expanded focus on site-expressive minimal-intervention wines, a passion which was seeded during his French sojourn working at Bio-dynamic estate Chen Bleu, Domaine de la Verriere.
While one journey ends, another begins, and we are very excited to be partnered with Ben, as he now dedicates himself fully to showcasing his winemaking skills under the Ben Haines label.
From the Warramunda Vineyard in the Yarra. The winemaking was very stripped back – all about texture, character and freshness. Ten months on lees and one year in bottle prior to release paid respect to a wine that does things in its own time. Ben love the layering of aroma and flavour in this wine. A tart, pithy core of citrus and apple is wrapped in a creamy centre, with lemon thyme and frangipani anchored by dollops of honeycomb. Dustings of spice and hints of brioche and biscotti bring a nutty, savoury twist. Textured, mineral and moreish, this is the vineyard in a glass from another stunning Yarra Valley vintage.
This wine reflects Ben's relationship with one of the great vineyards of Australia. Yeringberg is a jewel of the Yarra Valley. Its magnificent Coldstream location and ideal viticultural attributes provide ideal growing conditions for silky, elegant and complex wines. Planted in 1999 to a northerly aspect on rocky, well-drained soils, Syrah at Yeringberg produces grapes with effortless balance and a distinct purity that is a signature of this site.
Straight-up winemaking. No Pumps. No augers. Whole bunches were taken from the vine, and most were placed directly in to a small open fermenter. Roughly 20 percent were dropped through a de-stemmer to sprinkle some whole berries throughout. The harvest was simply placed in a cool corner of the cellar and left alone to ferment naturally. The wine was basket pressed to large format (500L) French oak puncheon barrels, of which 10% were new and the remainder ranging from three to five years old.