Ben Haines Marsanne (Flor) Flowers 500ml 6pk 2011 - indent
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
A project long in making, long in patience. Marsanne raised under flor, oxidised. An anthem to vin jaune but wholly its own thing. It gets to 16% without fortification (it started in barrel in 2011 at 12%!). Curious and wonderful thing. I’m so grateful for things like this happening in Australia.
Mega rancio, dried fruit and nuts, fino sherry, clove-spiked orange, ginger to the max. Wall of flavour, amontillado-like in a way, dry, puckering tannins in the mix and a starburst of mandarin acidity. So many layers, so much flavour, so much interest and yum-factor!
94 Points- Mike Bennie (WInefront)