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Ben Haines Wine

05. Leo— 2017 BEN HAINES 'Return to the Vale' Syrah


Syrah, not as you know it. A creative expression, true to Leo’s form. This drop is light, lively, vibrant. A slender and buoyant expression of Shiraz. 

Lush and refined, this is a wine that leans into Leo’s need for extravagance. It strokes the ego. Savoury and textural. Bright pomegranate, raspberry flavours are met with dramatic blackcurrant notes, lean minerality and elegant tannins.   

Medium-bodied, impressive and ideal for entertaining, perfect for Leo.


Winemaker’s notes

'Sourced from Block 3 of the biodynamically-farmed Gateway vineyard at the northern end of McLaren Vale. Gateway is an elevated site with a north-easterly aspect overlooking the Gulf St Vincent and with views back towards the Adelaide Hills. Cooling ocean breezes make this vineyard one of the coolest shiraz sites in McLaren Vale.'


Leo Season - July 24 to August 23

Ruler | Sun - Element | Fire - Quality | Fixed


Leo, the endless Summer.

Encountering you is to be saturated in luminous warmth. Blindingly radiant, you possess a dazzling energy that must be experienced to be believed. Playful, resplendent, you are an endless Summer.

Ruled by the sun, you’ve inherited its glow. You’ve been gifted with a warmth and generosity the world can’t help but orbit. Light and salubrious. An infectious vitality emanates from your being. When people aren’t near you they crave you, like Winter yearns for heat.

Lively, sunny and social. Exuberance and ego. An attractive mix, and your unique blend of charisma. Vital and vivacious. Always the widest smile in the room, beckoning.

Taking lead from your ruler, you assume your position at the centre of the Universe. A birthright born confidence. A slight air of superiority, of royalty. You have a taste for luxury and indulgence.

You crave the attention of others. Deservedly, as you are accustomed to captivating an audience. Expression is paramount. Accolades are equally as important as expression itself. You need to be seen.

Innately affectionate. A heartfelt belief that a life without love is not worth living. You are the emotional idealist. Although, your strong, courageous tendencies have been known to falter under a romantic guise. Fierce loyalty fast becomes a powerful enemy. Big hearts break hard.

With the brightest of dispositions, you are a life force to those around you; as vibrant as the sun at its zenith.