Ben Haines Return to the Vale 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 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, Winefront