Ben Haines Firelights Syrah
Current Vintage: 2017
Ben Haines is head winemaker at Mt Langhi, having previously worked at Mitchelton, and Yering Station, all the while maintaining his personal label Ben Haines Wine.
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 Western Victoria, Ben produces wines from the Yarra Valley, Grampians, Pyrenees, alongside his personal pet project Southern French wines. Ben Haines Wines focuses on varietals with their origins in the Rhone Valley, and offers two ranges, the On-Premise only Ben Haines range, as well as the newer B Minor range of wines.
Nestled in a mountainous range North East of Melbourne, the Grampians are pristine outdoor adventure land. Fresh air, clear streams and rugged picturesque landscapes - it’s easy to see why people flock to the Grampians all year round.
The first vines were planted in 1867 by unemployed gold miners in the tail end of the Victorian Gold Rush. The region is now well known for its award winning varieties of sparkling, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon - the cool climate is particularly suited to producing shiraz and cab.
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