An Exciting New Direction
This is a turning point for Ben Haines Wine.
My winemaking journey has taken me far and wide, traveling through McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, Central Victoria, Yarra Valley and most recently the Grampians at the helm of an Australian cool climate icon – Mount Langi Ghiran. There was a watershed detour in the middle of all that too, through the biodynamic wilderness of Southern France. Now begins an exciting new direction for BH.
After so many years directing the winemaking for some of Australia’s most historic wineries whilst building my own brand, I am finally taking the leap to focus solely on Ben Haines Wine as of the completion of the 2018 vintage. At the end of four very satisfying years at Mount Langi Ghiran, which included the classification of the 2015 Langi Shiraz by James Halliday in the top 3 best Shiraz wines in Australia alongside Australian icons Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, it is now time to take my own wines to the next level.
Moving my base to the Yarra Valley, I will continue to evolve the Ben Haines styles, and bring greater focus to site-expression and viticultural sensitivity as a means of minimal-intervention winemaking, a philosophy that was seeded during my years as a viticulturist and crystalized during my French sojourn working at bio-dynamic estate Chêne Bleu, Domaine de la Verrière. I want to question everything, and challenge myself to make the most pure, expressive and high-quality wines possible.
While one journey ends, another begins, and I am looking forward to sharing it with you.