2019 Bilancia La Collina Syrah, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand – JS99

2019 Bilancia La Collina Syrah, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand – JS99



What a special treat!  Patience is a virtue…..and we have waited a full year for the arrival of the extremely limited 2019 Bilancia La Collina Syrah from Hawkes Bay.  Long sold out at the winery, only 48 bottles have just arrived and are available from our west coast importer in southern California.  Remember last year when I offered the 2018 as the perfect gift for your favorite client, attorney, judge or bailiff?  The 2019 has been rated only by James Suckling, but at 99 points (see below).   

The wine displays a plethora of complex fruit, spice, floral and mineral aromas, perfect pin point balance, and a yin yang of power and finesse.  Not to get to philosophical, especially on election day, but the scales of justice (symbolizing the balance between truth and fairness) is also the ultimate goal for the grape grower and winemaker.

Bilancia is the private label for winemakers Warren Gibson (the long time, legendary winemaker of the iconic Trinity Hill Winery) and his partner Lorraine Leheny.

La Collina, a cool clime, rare north facing hillside vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels subregion of Hawke’s Bay, has earned a place on Syrah lover’s shopping lists by producing a string of impressive wines for nearly two decades.  To learn more click here.  

Bilancia Syrah Hawkes Bay La Collina 2019


 Score: 99 Points

8 Feb, 2021 – 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. Screw cap.


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