La Collina ('The Hill') is grown at Bilancia's steep, early-ripening site on the northern slopes of Roys Hill, overlooking the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, co-fermented with Viognier skins (but not their juice, giving a tiny Viognier component in the final blend), and matured for 20 to 24 months in principally new (but 'low-impact') French oak barriques. A majestic red, it ranks among the country's very finest Syrahs. The dark 2019 vintage (5*) is powerful and youthful. Highly fragrant, it is weighty, with dense, plummy, spicy, complex flavours and a firm, finely structured finish. Ponder over it, or call it 'brooding' – it's a multi-faceted wine, set for a very long life.
Type: Red Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $140 NZD
Value for Money: AV
This wine is a Classic.