Ben Haines Chardonnay 12pk 2019
After years of producing his own wines while working, and winning awards for some of the biggest names in Australian wine such as Mt Langhi, Ben Haines has finally made the leap, and now focusses solely on making his own wines under his eponymous label
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 the Yarra Valley, Ben produces wines from vineyards across Victoria, with a focus on cool-climate regions, and sustainable minimal-intervention grape growing. With the move to the Yarra Valley, and 100% focus on his own wines, Ben offers a broad range of wines that are a true reflection of time and place.
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 - The Wine Front
Ben Haines Chardonnay 2019
Briarty Hill in Gruyere. Picked early. Full malolactic. Older puncheons. These new releases from Ben Haines are excellent. So individual. So different. A bit quirky, and beautifully made. Cue ‘My Way’.
It’s saline, with a nutty sake-like and roast chicken umami quality, some lemon curd richness, a softness, but with fine acidity threaded through, something like a raw almond and almond milk grainy texture, cool mint, honeydew melon, and a long fluid finish. Very different to your run-of-the-mill Yarra Chardonnay, and none the worse for that. I like this a lot.
Rating: 94 Points
Source: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front