97 POINTS 'Outstanding' | Cameron Douglas MS
'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!
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Due for release in November 2022 this wine is fantastic - with a bouquet of concentration and power, is very expressive with aromas of dark berries and field mushrooms, fruit and barrel spices, wood smoke and very youthful energy. Black currant and baked meats, mushroom and clove, dark fleshed raspberry, barrel spices and violets. Equally fantastic on the palate, very taut still, youthful and high energy with concentrated flavours of fruit and earth, wood and power. Tannins are ripe, polished, in abundance and layer in mouthfeel to an already impressive texture. The backbone of acidity contrasts the core fruit flavours adding length, shape and form. Delicious, new and cellar worthy. Best drinking likely from 2025 through 2040."