Ben Haines Return to the Vale Syrah 6pk 2017
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 Return to the Vale Syrah 2017
From the Gateway Vineyard in McLaren Vale. 100% whole bunch. I guess Ben Haines doesn’t make any Shiraz, even if it comes from McLaren Vale.
It’s a different expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz, that’s for sure. Blackcurrant, oyster shells, a ‘mineral’ feel, cool acidity, shale-like tannins, almost comes over like a cru Beaujolais, in some respects. A little bit meaty, no oak influence to speak of, and a fresh finish offering raspberry, small dark berries, and a juicy pomegranate crunch. So interesting. Deft winemaking too.
Rating: 94 points
Source: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front