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’.
Ben Haines Yarra Valley Chardonnay is made from hand-picked grapes from two glorious Yarra Valley vineyards: one in Coldstream, the other in the cool climes of the Upper Yarra.
Intense flavor and creamy textural generosity from Coldstream is complemented by crystalline purity, minerality and tension of the higher altitudes of the Yarra Valley.