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2015 Bilancia La Collina Hawkes Bay Syrah

2015 Bilancia La Collina Hawkes Bay Syrah

96 Points Bob Campbell MW
2015 Bilancia La Collina Hawkes Bay Syrah
96 Points Bob Campbell MW

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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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$111.00 in mixed 6+ or $124.00 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

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Tasted alongside the 2014 vintage, this is a rather chunkier and flavoursome version. It's an impressive and more structured wine that promises to age very well, although at this stage I prefer the more elegant, subtle 2014 vintage. Dark berry, violet, roasted nut, a hint of wood-smoke and spicy oak. A serious syrah with a bright future 11/6/2018." Drink 2018 - 2032

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"La Collina ('The Hill') is grown at Bilancia's steep, early-ripening site on the northern slopes of Roys Hill, overlooking the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, co-fermented with Viognier skins (but not their juice, giving a tiny Viognier component in the final blend), and matured for 20 to 24 months in 85 per cent new (but 'low-impact') French oak barriques. A majestic red, it ranks among the country's very finest Syrahs. The 2015 vintage (5*) is full-coloured, with a floral, complex bouquet. Still very youthful, it is savoury, with strong, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, fine-grained tannins, and a lasting finish. Open 2020+." Drink 2018 - 2028

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure

    Cap

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    13.50%

  • Maturity

    2018 - 2032

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with STRONG CHEESE

Taste

4

Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

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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