2015 Bilancia "La Collina" Syrah Hawke's Bay New Zealand (Previously $100)

SKU #1549021 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A very slick and polished edition of this wine that promises to develop steadily for a couple of decades. This will play the long game well. For now it has superb fresh fruit in the blackberry and red plum spectrum that is dusted with peppery aromas as well as spicy mocha-scented oak and hints of graphite-like dark stone. The palate runs a deep line of flavors, and tannins draw long with a sense of purpose and depth, carrying dark plum, mocha and blackberry flavors fresh into a succulent, lithe and juicy finish. A meticulously crafted wine. Best from 2021 and for some years after that. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark 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 Inner quote mark (6/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2015 La Collina Syrah easily surpasses the 2014, which was a more heralded vintage in Hawke's Bay. Blueberries and spice make for compelling aromas, while the medium to full-bodied wine shows no rough edges on the palate. Glossy and rich, the tannins are more supple than in the 2014, the fruit more voluptuous, the finish longer. It's one of the top Syrahs yet to emerge from New Zealand. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

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