99 POINTS | Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com
'Syrah Royalty' from this outstanding boutique producer. Commonly regarded as one of NZ's top syrah releases, La Collina is Bilancia's premium syrah. It is grown on a sloping terraced vineyard (la collina means the hill) on the northern flank of Roy's Hill, near the Gimblett Gravels. Blackberry, spice and charry oak notes provide charming flavours, and the tannic grip is a real feature. Highly recommended!
Nick Stock writes "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."
The winery writes "As always, our aim is to reflect the unique vineyard site in this single vineyard wine. Each vintage of la collina is a snapshot of the vineyard in that year and no two vintag- es will ever be exactly the same. The 2019 la collina is powerful yet elegant with ripe, bright fruit and spice coupled with great weight and length on the palate, weighty yet unobtrusive, fine tannins and a beautifully balanced palate. This is a great wine to enjoy now but will live for many years in your cellar. Cellar some and enjoy again, and again, over the next 15 - 20 years."