2019 Bilancia Syrah

Hawke's Bay, NZ

An evocative NZ Syrah, seamless and spicy and beautifully balanced, as befits a Bilancia wine...


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About The Wine

Hawke's Bay has great Chardonnay and Cabernet but Syrah is the region's main raisin d'etre (pun intended).

Bilancia's stunning La Collina Syrah can lay claim to being the best of the region, and the quality runs through their beautiful estate Syrah, which is perfect for lovers of spicy, elegant reds that ease down the palate. There's even a small amount of the La Collina vineyard fruit in the blend.

The delicious fruit core is black rather than red, with dark plum and licorice, edged with spices and garden herbs. Aromatic, tangy and drinking superbly right now, it could also go a few years in a good cellar.

About Bilancia

Bilancia, meaning 'balance' in Italian, is the brainchild of winemakers Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson, started in 1997 in the Hawke's Bay area of NZ. Previously they had made wine all over the world, after initially studying at Roseworthy in Adelaide.

The focal point of Bilancia is the sloping vineyard of La Collina (meaning the Hill). This north-west facing plot is planted to outstanding Syrah and Chardonnay - the La Collina Syrah is one of NZ's best reviewed wines globally.

They release beautifully measured, ageworthy wines, with their estate wines in particular being brilliant value premium NZ wine at their best.

Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson
Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson
Hawke's Bay, NZ
Additional Info

From The Producer

Perfect Syrah fruit was destemmed and crushed to open top vessels for fermentation. The wine was pressed at dryness and run to mainly older French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in these barrels for 10 months.

In Hawke’s Bay no variety more so than Syrah says “I’m from here”; this is true for the 2019 Bilancia Syrah. Fresh and juicy with the requisite berry and dark fruit characters coupled with Hawke’s Bay spice and hints of earthiness. Gentle tannins round out the palate.

A great wine for opening on release, the 2019 Syrah is a vibrant, youthful wine and can be enjoyed immediately but it will also continue to develop over the next four to six years.

ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Bottle Size : 750ml

La Collina Vineyard
La Collina Vineyard
Hawke's Bay, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"Bright raspberry and red plum on the nose with distinctive herbal edges, as well as leaves, clove, anise and pepper. The palate has a smoothly rendered feel with medium body and ripe-plum and licorice flavors." - Nick Stock (


"Quite a complex, elegant and appealing syrah with raspberry, plum, pepper and savoury dried herb flavours. Well-structured with peppery tannins that promise longevity without compromising accessibility." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)


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