SERIOUSLY SMALL-BATCH BOUTIQUE RELEASE
FIVE STARS 93/100 | 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 whole-bunched pressed organic sangiovese from the famed Osawa vineyard has been wild fermented in a French oak puncheon and barriques. Four months spent ageing on lees has brought a fine texture to this delightful rosé, which bursts with bright flavours of stone fruit, red berries and almond. It's a seriously delicious and moreish drop that is calling out for an antipasto platter, sunny afternoon and great company.
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 "Pale neon pink in colour, bursting with berries, bright acidity; a fine textured palate flows with charm and a hint of spice."
The winery writes "Hedonistic aromas of sun-kissed peach, nectarine and almond croissant, a palate so delicious and delightful you’ll be lost for words."