Bilancia is a small Hawkes' Bay producer of exceptional Pinot Gris, Viognier and Syrah. It is the label of winemakers Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson and was established in 1997 when Lorraine and Warren returned to New Zealand from winemaking overseas.
One of New Zealand's best Syrahs. As winemaker at Trinity Hill, Warren Gibson's Syrah credentials are stellar - and this is his own beloved expression of the grape, made from their top vines on a sun-facing hillside above the Gimblett Gravels. This exceptional fruit is hand-havested in multiple passes and co-fermented with skins of Viognier from the same site (this classic combination is a tradition at Trinity Hill
too) before the gentlest of treatments in the winery, including 21 months "resting" in light-impact new French oak. With elegance and harmony to burn from a great vintage for Syrah, this will keep aging or drink now.