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Ben Haines Chardonnay

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Current Vintage: 2019

After years of producing his own wines while working, and winning awards for some of the biggest names in Australian wine such as Mt Langhi, Ben Haines has finally made the leap, and now focusses solely on making his own wines under his eponymous label

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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 the Yarra Valley, Ben produces wines from vineyards across Victoria, with a focus on cool-climate regions, and sustainable minimal-intervention grape growing. With the move to the Yarra Valley, and 100% focus on his own wines, Ben offers a broad range of wines that are a true reflection of time and place.



Region

The Yarra Valley is Australian cool climate wine. Sophisticated pinot noir and chardonnay take pride of place here accounting for approximately 70% of all wine produced, but the great new world Syrah being produced in this region is exciting and absolutely something to watch. 

The distinct upper and lower subregions and plethora of microclimates in the Yarra Valley mean that the region produces a diverse range of styles - a pinot from the warmer climate Lower Yarra Valley will be different from a pinot from the higher altitude, cooler temperature Upper Yarra. 

Reviews

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