2020 Ben Haines Grampians Syrah

This wine is proof that though Ben Haines is now based in the Yarra Valley, his soul will always belong to Syrahs of the Northern Rhone.

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While at Mt Langhi Ghiran between 2015-2018, Ben developed a great appreciation for a number of special vineyards in the region, specifically the Toomeys Miners Ridge Vineyard.

First gaining a small allocation from there in 2017; the limited release Firelights Syrah,(96pt from both GW at WF, and CM in the HWC) drew rave reviews. With his allocation growing upwards and onwards Ben has been able to produce another exceptional wine this release in greater quantities due to an equal amount of fruit from another highly regarded Vineyard in the area: Sugar Loaf Creek.

Bright light and oh so pretty, this wine is blessed with fragrant floral perfume and perfectly balanced medium bodied crunch.

Hand-picked from Andrew Toomey's Miners Ridge vineyard and the Sugarloaf Creek Vineyard in Great Western. Year Planted; 1990's. Soil/Clones; Well-drained gravel under red/brown clay loams/BVRC 30 and Bests Old Clone

Two ferments (each Vineyard individually): 100% whole bunch ferment via natural yeast with 7 days semi-carbonic maceration followed by gentle extraction towards the end of fermentation. Post-fermentation maceration for a further 7 days prior to pressing to barrel.

Destemmed (whole berry) ferment via natural yeast. Undisturbed for first half of ferment to allow gentle infusion, with gentle cap submersion daily for the latter stages of fermentation. Post-fermentation maceration for 4 weeks before pressing to barrel. Both parcels were matured on gross lees for 8 months prior to racking, blending bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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