2019 Bilancia "La Collina" Syrah Hawke's Bay New Zealand (Previously $80)

SKU #1640641 99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark An exceptional La Collina release with such impressive depth and power, yet elegant and detailed, too. Aromas of black tea, red cherry and plum, pomegranate, cola nut, white pepper, clove and graphite. The palate is defined by long, tensile tannins and holds such pure fresh-fruit flavor in an intense, deep and focused finish. Power with elegance and purity here. Excellent syrah. Their finest release to date. Try from 2024. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

98 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Bilancia's flagship wine now attracts a cult following. The sloping La Collina vineyard seems to achieve a high level of ripeness even in the cooler vintages. Vintage 2019 was remarkable year that has produced a remarkable syrah. It has power and yet is elegant. It will obviously cellar very well but can be appreciated now Inner quote mark (2/2022)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2022 | Send Email
A world-class Syrah by any measure. This wine simply exudes class and pedigree. A quintessential expression of the varietal. I've been lucky enough to sit at the very top of this vineyard and look down over the dramatic terraces and perilously steep blocks below. A singular terroir, meticulously grown grapes, hand-tended from start to finish, and the final wine crafted in the cellar by a true master of his trade, Warren Gibson. Bilancia's "La Collina" is a tiny, boutique production, but one that should be experienced by anyone who is serious about Syrah. This wine should be included in any discussion about the best Syrahs on the planet along with names such as Chave, Chapoutier, Guigal, and Jamet.

By: Alexandre Tweedie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2022 | Send Email
Hailing from the western coast "Hawke's Bay" region of New Zealand's North Island, La Collina's 2019 "Bilancia" is a true expression of Balance - the classic ideals of a weighty Syrah contrast against meaningfully present acidity, with an immediate and absolutely enveloping timbre of white pepper corns & smoldering kretek tobacco. Immensely deep but never threatening to drown you, La Collina teeters this Syrah on a knifes edge of complexity, all while never overstepping the boundaries of balance that define their wines. With a long and satisfyingly winding finish that leads to warm saddle leather and sun-dried brown earth, this is an unconditionally special bottle of Syrah - Find yourself in Hawke's Bay, find Balance.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2022 | Send Email
I had no idea that new world Syrah could be this good! When we tasted this today, I was blown away by the clean white pepper on the nose and the meaty savor on the mid palate. What impressed me the most was the finish- this not only has the big grip and substantial body that one looks for in Syrah, it also has great acidity. While this showed well today, I believe this is also a wine with a long future ahead of it. A discovery from New Zealand!
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