2016 Ben Haines B-Minor Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Pitch-perfect Yarra Valley Chardonnay from one of Victoria's most talented young winemakers.


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About The Wine

When you think of Ben Haines' wines, words like "elegant" and "balanced" immediately spring to mind.

The fruit for the B Minor Chardy comes from two Yarra Valley vineyards - one in Upper Yarra and one in Coldstream, and while Ben might claim the "Winemaking is simple as I have great vineyards", that belies the work that goes into such an affordable Yarra wine.

This is another faultless wine from this young winemaking star.

Value +++

About Ben Haines Wines

Ben Haines has a passion for producing wines that speak with a sense of place.

Ben's philosophy that, "Provenance is the heart and soul of all great things – family, culture, food, art…" has seen him become one of Victoria's most sort after winemakers.

He built a formidable reputation as Cheif Winemaker at Mt Langi Ghiran and that is only increasing with his sole focus now turned to own label, Ben Haines Wine.

Ben works with special sites across Victoria, crafting small batches of impeccable wines that tell the stories of these great sites.

Ben surveying the vines
Ben surveying the vines
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

The 2016 B Minor Chardonnay is from two Yarra Valley vineyards; Wombat Creek in the Upper Yarra (20%), and Jane Lee’s vineyard (called Hyde Park) in Coldstream (80%).


Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, naturally barrel fermented with full solids in neutral oak puncheons (no new oak). Upper Yarra brings tension and tang - keeps the freshness through the flesh and texture of the Coldstream parcel. Textural lees influence with some stirring late in ferment, but no stirring after ferment – wanted to keep the focus and detail in the fruit; bring complexity without the waxiness of too much lees influence. Pretty tight flavours with some nice nuttiness and a hint of sulphidic artifact, without delivering a full blown bag of shit. Winemaking is simple as I have great vineyards. After long slow ferment and 10 months on lees, it was racked and bottled unfiltered – no additives apart from minimal suphites.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Ben Haines
Winemaker Ben Haines
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

The nose is all peaches and grapefruit, with yeasty, nutty, slightly funky notes. The palate is forward and generous with layers of yellow fruits and cashews, but with tang and zip swinging in to clean things up. Well balanced, full of yummy Chardonnay flavour and good to go right away. - Different Drop Wine Team


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