Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2017
"Our inaugural Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2017 is a selection that taps into the impressive evolution of wine style and quality in what is a very young wine-growing nation. The eye-catching depth of New Zealand wine across a myriad of styles is of significance to wine collectors and drinkers because this is a group of wines that mark a clear step away from the oceans of sauvignon blanc that first put this place on the world wine grid." JamesSuckling.com, 18 December 2017
We are very excited to have two wines in this Inaugural compilation of New Zealand's finest; la collina Syrah 2015 is number seven and la collina Syrah 2014 is number 27.
BILANCIA SYRAH HAWKES BAY LA COLLINA 2015
A very slick and polished edition of this wine that promises to develop steadily for a couple of decades. This will play the long game well. For now it has superb fresh fruit in the blackberry and red plum spectrum that is dusted with peppery aromas as well as spicy mocha-scented oak and hints of graphite-like dark stone. The palate runs a deep line of flavors, and tannins draw long with a sense of purpose and depth, carrying dark plum, mocha and blackberry flavors fresh into a succulent, lithe and juicy finish. A meticulously crafted wine. Best from 2021 and for some years after that. Screw cap.
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