Ben Haines B Minor Shiraz

About Ben Haines B Minor Shiraz

I started creating my single vineyard wines in 2003, not to sell them but out of curiosity about using wine as a medium to interpret certain locations. The first was a Cabernet Sauvignon from a magnificent vineyard in Clarendon Hills, on the cusp between the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, known for its chilly rustic environment. The next year, in 2004, the allure of Langhorne Creek Shiraz became widespread. At this point, I decided to start investigating vineyards.

Every harvest, every season, and the dazzling splendor of nature overwhelms my senses and provides me with a humble opportunity to pass on what I’ve learned. A deep sense of familiarity has arisen in me. Wine is a thing of great grace and honesty. Like an indulgent time capsule, it provides a glimpse into a bygone era that may be opened again and again to be relived, discussed, contemplated, and savored over a meal with loved ones.

The Yarra Valley is home to Ben Haines, a boutique winery from Victoria. His concentration is on sourcing grapes from “magic dirt” of varying sources from vintage to vintage and year to year, setting him apart from the Little Peacock estate wineries.

He picks vineyards for their intriguing histories, rich personalities, and mysterious atmospheres. After working as a winemaker at Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, Ben relocated to the Grampians to take over the helm of the venerable Mt. Langi Ghiran winery. After completing his studies in viticulture, he now carefully monitors the progress of each vineyard as the growing season progresses. His wines have a very rich mouthfeel, and their aromas evolve with each taste. The fruit has personality, and the framework is there without being restrictive.

Ben makes single-vineyard versions of Roussanne, Marsanne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah from grapes from various regions around Victoria. He debuted a Shiraz–Marsanne blend under the B–Minor label in 2012.

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