SERIOUSLY SMALL-BATCH BOUTIQUE RELEASE
90 POINTS | Candice Chow
Orca Corca is the latest release from Ollie Powrie, featuring a new organic trio of Hawke's Bay wines. Ollie, the former Head Viticulturist for Villa Maria, is a well-known and loved character on the Hawke's Bay wine scene. Few people have such impeccable grower contacts as Ollie, so Orca Corca and Chateau Garage were always going to be blessed with the best fruit.
This hand-harvested, organic Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Osawa vineyard has been wild fermented in two French oak barriques, with a small portion fermented in tank. Aged ‘sur lie’ for four months, this is wonderfully textural wine. You don't need to be a sauvignon blanc fan to enjoy this delightful white - with fragrant notes of passionfruit, citrus and an intriguing hint of herbs, it's a seriosuly elegant and intriguing drop that is perfect to sip by itself or will pair beautifully with fresh fish and seafood.
The new Orca Corca releases blew the staff away when we tasted them instore, and with just a tiny number of cases produced, you don't want to miss out on these excellent boutique wines.
Buy with our highest recommendation.
In the hot Hawke’s Bay summer of 1991, Ollie, his brother Hugo, and a group of friends all went surfing at Stingray Bay. Waiting for the next big wave they noticed two large fins popping out of the water. Within minutes an orca and its calf surfaced in front of them and dived underneath them all. The moment was etched in time and the story often retold. Thirty odd years later, Hugo sent a text to Ollie proposing a new wine label called Orca Corca. Everyone loved the name and Hugo sketched an orca and logo for the label. The orca experience was coming to life…
Candice Chow writes "Pure and delicate aromas of passionfruit, white cassis and citrus, enriched by biscuit crust and a hint of herbs."
The winery writes "Complex Sauvignon Blanc for the adventurous, bursting with ripe fruits, citrus and a textured palate with a twist of wild herb."