iNwine Wednesday: O'Rourke's Peak Cellars 2018 Pinot Noir
Wow, this Pinot is amazing.
I have been on a Pinot quest lately and my latest obsession is from Lake Country's O'Rourke's Peak Cellars. This newish winery is a star that shines brighter by the day — a massive project that, with each step, catapults them into a new category of extraordinary. The second winery building that will house O'Rourke Family Estates brand is still under construction, but all evidence, including wine caves that burrow into the mountainside, point to a world class destination.
The estate-grown portfolio includes Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Rosé, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Noir. As we all wait for the final project to launch with baited breath, we can enjoy Peak Cellars on its 7-acre vineyard, complete with organic gardens that lead directly to the Garden Bistro. The Garden Bistro is open and offering strict Covid protocols for their diners.
2018 O'Rourke's Peak Cellars Pinot Noir - $32
The 2018 Pinot Noir aromatics pack a full punch of big red fruits: bing cherry, dark cherry, cherry halls, chocolate covered cherry, cassis and black currant. The berry characters are accented with welcome complexities of eucalyptus, clove, allspice, rosemary, oregano, earthy forest floor, with just a hint of a floral note.
The palate is soft and elegant, yet full-bodied and delightfully complex, with well-developed flavours of black currant, berries, leather, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, spice and a nuance of orange marmalade. A darkness ensues with characters of coffee and cocoa, softened by earthy and subtle minty notes, leading through to a long finish of silky warm tannins.
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