BILANCIA

Production: 8,000 cases

Bilancia is the boutique label of Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson, both winemaking graduates of Roseworthy College, South Australia. Warren is also the winemaker with the award-winning Trinity Hill Winery in Hawkes Bay, named New Zealand Winemaker of The Year in 2007. Their love of wine has seen Warren and Lorraine involved in winemaking since 1987 in Hungary, Southern Italy, Western Australia, California and France. The name Bilancia, (pronounced ‘bi-larn-cha’) reflects Warren and Lorraine’s love of Italy. Italian for balance, harmony and equilibrium, it also denotes their shared star sign of Libra. Balance is the target in their wines – a desire to have all aspects equal in structure.

First grapes were crushed in 1997. Today, production includes Pinot Gris, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah. From 2008 vintage, the Pinot Noir comes from Central Otago fruit, part of an arrangement under which a respected grower works to Bilancia’s exacting standards. In addition to their Haumoana vineyard in the Hawkes Bay, grapes are sourced from the region’s reputed Gimblett Gravels, noted for its warmer microclimate and gravelly soil combination and now respected as the home of New Zealand’s best Syrah and Bordeaux varieties. Their La Collina vineyard, which overlooks the Gimblett Gravels appellation, is New Zealand’s steepest terraced hillside site. This early ripening vineyard is planted with their favoured varieties, Syrah and Viognier. It is a unique site that expresses itself in the aromatics and textural qualities of the resulting wine, seen in the growing accolades for the La Collina Syrah, now rated by wine critics as a serious contender to some of the top Northern Hemisphere versions.

Also from the La Collina vineyard, Bilancia launched a rare wine from New Zealand in 2010 made from a blend of Viognier and Gewürtztraminer. It is made in a dry style noted for its balance and textural richness delivered in their single vineyard Pinto Gris and Voignier wines. Accolades to date place it as one of New Zealand's premium whites and a refreshingly different offering in our whiite wine category.

  • Wines currently available:
    2010 Pinot Gris
    2008 Reserve Pinot Grigio
    2008 The White (Viognier/Gewürztraminer)
    2008 Pinot Noir (limited)
    2008 Syrah (Syrah/Viognier)
    2008 La Collina Syrah
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