Ben Haines Firelights Syrah 6pk 2017
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
Ben Haines Firelights Syrah 2017
Gee, I used to love firecracker night as a kid. Big bags of fun exploding stuff, dark and cold in the back yard, watching Dad pelt away backwards after lighting them. The dark side was when my older brother used to aim ball-shooters at me, and one day, I copped one in my hair and it burnt a bald patch. That’s the only bald patch I’ve ever had though, luckily. I got him back a few years later by getting one on the back of his favourite Harrington jacket, and burnt a fair size hole in that. He chased me, trying to bash me, but I was pretty fast back then. And fear is certainly a most effective accelerant.
Classic fine and even-keeled Grampians Shiraz. It’s spicy, all dark cherry, blueberry, liquorice, a little pepper steak and dried flowers. Medium-bodied, fresh, supple, fine dense tannin, a bit of the old graphite here, firm but ripe acidity, and a long cool spicy finish. It’s a beautiful wine.”
Rating: 96 points
Source: Gary Walsh, The Winefront