la collina Syrah 2015
Hawke's Bay has been blessed with a series of great vintages, 2015 being the third winner in the Harvest trifecta.
Since 2013 we have been in a program of replanting and replacing some of the older Syrah vines on the hillside. The discovery of Eutypa in these vines has meant we needed to begin a process of replacement as the vines would eventually die. The biggest impact of this program has been on the crop levels for the last few harvests. The upside is that this problem will rectify itself with time and crop levels will return to their regular low levels as opposed to the current extra low levels. The brilliance of the la collina vineyard is its naturally low cropping levels.
The 2015 Hawke's Bay Summer was generally dry and the heat summation was similar to 2013. There was some rain during harvest (and a neatly avoided cyclone or two) but this had little effect on the quality of the fruit. Facing into the prevailing winds means that the vines and the vineyard dry out well after rainfall.
The la collina fruit was harvested on April 17. There wasn't much fruit but what was there was great. We have maintained our winemaking philosophy of preserving the very distinct vineyard character and fruit purity in order that each vintage produced is a reflection of the site. Berries and Hawke's Bay spice, weighty yet unobtrusive, fine tannins and a beautifully balanced palate. Great to drink now and again, and again over the next 15 - 20 years.
Each wine is a journey not a destination! (Ralph Waldo Emerson - kind of!)
2015 la collina in the Top Ten wines tasted by Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com