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2014 Bilancia La Collina Hawkes Bay Syrah

2014 Bilancia La Collina Hawkes Bay Syrah

94 Points Richard Caro
2014 Bilancia La Collina Hawkes Bay Syrah
94 Points Richard Caro

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Refined yet powerful, this is one of New Zealand's best Syrahs. As winemaker at Trinity Hill, Warren Gibson's Syrah credentials are stellar - and this is his own beloved expression of the grape, made from their top vines on a sun-facing hillside above the Gimblett Gravels. This exceptional fruit is hand-havested in multiple passes and co-fermented with skins of Viognier from the same site (this classic combination is a tradition at Trinity Hill too) before the gentlest of treatments in the winery, including 21 months "resting" in light-impact new French oak. With elegance and harmony to burn from a great vintage for Syrah, this will keep aging or drink now.

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$104.00 in mixed 6+ or $116.00 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Syrah

Its Origins

Bilancia is the boutique label of Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson, both winemaking graduates of Roseworthy College, South Australia. Warren is also the winemaker with the award-winning Trinity Hill Winery in Hawkes Bay, named New Zealand Winemaker of The Year in 2007. Their love of wine has seen Warren and Lorraine involved in winemaking since 1987 in Hungary, Southern Italy, Western Australia, California and France. The name Bilancia, (pronounced ‘bi-larn-cha’) reflects Warren and Lorraine’s love of Italy. Italian for balance, harmony and equilibrium, it also denotes their shared star sign of Libra. Balance is the target in their wines – a desire to have all aspects equal in structure.

What The Critics Say

Air New Zealand Fine Wines

Selected by a panel of Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers for the prestigious Air New Zealand "The Fine Wines of New Zealand" range in 2016.

96/100 Bob Campbell MW (2013 vintage)

"Generously proportioned Syrah with intense sweet dark berry fruits, chocolate, black pepper and spicy oak. Firmly structured red with fine, ripe tannins assuring a long life although slightly restraining aromatics at the moment. La Collina has a proven ability to age gracefully. This vintage used a high percentage of whole bunches in the ferment to give added structure and longevity. 5/5/2015"

92/100 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer (2013 vintage)

"(13.5% alcohol; 100% vendange entier, including its 4% Viognier component; from a low crop level and harvested completely by hand; aged in 100% new Burgundy barrels): Bright medium ruby. Crushed blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, violet and pungent minerals on the spectacular nose. Densely packed and savory, showing lovely spicy lift to the black raspberry and licorice flavors. Big, serious, tongue-dusting tannins are more than supported by the wine's primary fruit. This terrific Syrah should be long-lived. Made from vines on windy, low-foliage terraces on sandstone and limestone soil with no gravel, planted between 1998 and 2000."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure

    Cap

  • Volume

    750ml

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with STRONG CHEESE

Taste

4

Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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