Ben Haines Shiraz Marsanne B Minor 12pk 2015
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 the Dabyminga Vineyard in Tallarook, fermented in two batches: 100% whole bunches (including ?a few whole bunches’ of marsanne) wild yeast open-fermented, the other whole berries with a small percentage of crushed fruit and some marsanne skins, both batches matured on ’14 marsanne lees for 14 months in used oak. An elegant wine is the result of some some sophisticated winemaking (and some sophistry with ?5% marsanne’ on the labels). Never mind, the wine is vibrantly fresh with red and black fruits rippling through the medium-bodied palate, fine tannins providing the ever-so-logical conclusion.
Source: 2018 James Halliday Wine Companion