2018 Bilancia La Collina Syrah

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Further Information

Brand Bilancia
Region Hawkes Bay
Varietal Syrah
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 12.5%
Vintage 2018
Country New Zealand

Description

Who makes Hawke’s Bay’s finest Syrah, Trinity Hill or Bilancia? It’s sort of a trick question, since the answer should really be “Warren Gibson”, who makes both of them! Homage is his day job with Trinity Hill and La Collina his own personal project with his wife and fellow winemaker, Lorraine Leheny. Bilancia (bee-larn-cha) has been around for nearly 20 years, the name arising out of Warren and Lorraine’s time working in Italy and its profound influence on their winemaking proclivities. As you’d expect, the name means balance, something that is on full display in this 2018 La Collina Syrah. From a truly great year for Syrah, this 2018 La Collina is a class act, hard to follow…

Smells

a quite astonishing nose showing all sorts of warm herb and spice complexity, with pepper, leather, liquorice, anise and smoke.

Tastes

the palate amazingly long and savoury with lots of sweet black fruit, graphite, dark chocolate and luxurious tannins. One of the great Syrahs ever made in NZ, if you’re serious about wine, this needs to be in your cellar. No rush to drink but it is surprisingly smooth drinking now, it has the class, concentration and breeding to age 10 years+. Ideally served with roasted red meats with a medley of vegetables including red and green peppers.

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