Ben Haines

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

Ben Haines 'B Minor' Shiraz/Marsanne 2016
Tasting Notes "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

Ben Haines 'B Minor' Marsanne/Roussanne 2016
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 Editor's Choice "Made in small quantities from winemaker Ben Haines, this blend is fermented with native yeasts and aged for 10 months on the lees. The aromas are heady in tones of lemon curd, honey, toasted nuts and spice. But it's the palate that steals show. Tingly acidity

Ben Haines 'B Minor' Marsanne/Roussanne 2015
97  James Halliday 
James Halliday 97 Australian Wine Companion "A 60/40% blend from the estate Dabyminga Vineyard planted mid-90s, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (15% new), matured for 10 months on lees. Brilliant straw-green; this is a seriously good wine, full of energy, with great line and

Ben Haines 'B Minor' Shiraz/Marsanne 2015
95  James Halliday 
James Halliday 95 Australian Wine Companion "Similarly to how you often see Viognier blended into Syrah, Ben Haines has done the same with Marsanne, but with even more depth. Handpicked, the 8% Marsanne influence comes as a result of utilizing some Marsanne skins in the Shiraz ferment (40% whole