Ben Haines Grenache Syrah 'Le Pelerin' 6pk 2010
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
Grown at 500m above sea level at La Verriere, Vaucluse in south-east France
It’s a beautiful wine. Pure quality. Smoky, spicy and savoury to its back teeth, but gloriously fruited too. One of those blueberried wines with black cherry and violet notes as highlights. Strict tannin is a low-profile but powerful presence. I wouldn’t begrudge $50 at all.