Ben Haines Chardonnay B Minor 12pk 2016
Ben Haines is head winemaker at Mt Langhi, having previously worked at Mitchelton, and Yering Station, all the while maintaining his personal label Ben Haines Wine.
The 2008 Wine Society Winemaker of the Year, Ben has been making single-vineyard wines under his own name since 2003, while working for a number of Victorian wineries. Now based in Western Victoria, Ben produces wines from the Yarra Valley, Grampians, Pyrenees, alongside his personal pet project Southern French wines. Ben Haines Wines focuses on varietals with their origins in the Rhone Valley, and offers two ranges, the On-Premise only Ben Haines range, as well as the newer B Minor range of wines.
Ben Haines has a wide amount of winemaking experience …His brand “reflects a delving fascination with grape growing and notions of terroir; an ethos defined by the idea that the vineyard inspires the winemaking approach year to year.”
Campbell Mattinson- Winefront
“Hand-picked from two vineyards, one valley floor, the other in Coldstream, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented with high solids in puncheons, matured for 14 months with occasional stirring before blending. Bright straw-green; Ben Haines at his best, the music sensitively played from start to finish. The most remarkable is his ability to conjure up so much varietal fruit with only 12.1% alcohol – normally the sauvignon blanc dragon would be threatening. So, forgetting numbers, the flavour set of white peach and grapefruit, intermixed with cashew, is totally commanding. Did I say value? YES.” 2018 James Halliday Wine Companion