"Wild red and blue fruits, high-toned fragrance and bag-loads of spice burst from the glass. These characters amplify on the palate. Energetic yet lightly framed in the mouth, there is bright flowing fruit, pepper and fragrant herbs that carry to an earthy finish, gently teased out by hints of spice."
Hand-picked from the sustainably-farmed Miners Ridge vineyard in the foothills of the Grampians
Intense fruit with succulence, natural brightness, powdery texture and effortless balance
Wild fermented with both whole berries and some whole bunches in small fermenters
10 months aging in older French oak
Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur
Ben Haines is a boutique winemaker in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. He is a bit different from the estate wineries in the Little Peacock portfolio, as his focus is to source grapes from “magic dirt” of different origins year-to-year and season-to-season.
The vineyards he chooses are those possessing great interest, charm and depth, and that capture a sense of mystique. Ben’s base is the Yarra Valley where he has made wine at Yering Station and Mount Langi Ghiran. His own exploration goes far beyond. Having trained in viticulture, he pays close attention to what’s happening in each vineyard throughout the growing season. His wines are intensely textural with flavors continuing to develop sip after sip. Fruit is expressive, structure is present without being constraining.
From around Victoria, Ben has crafted single-vineyard expressions of Rhône varieties in small batches. He also has a series of wines called “B Minor”, including blends that speak to him and his musical background, as well as an undisgorged Blanc de Blanc. Unfined & unfiltered wines that are intended to express, in his words, ‘the vineyard in a glass’.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic
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Viticulturalist-turned-winemaker focusing on his love for Rhône varieties, Ben has been winemaker at a couple of historic Aussie wineries. He works with Organic and Biodynamic vineyards around Victoria, making small production (200-400cs) unfined & unfiltered wines that are intended to express, in his words, 'the vineyard in a glass