S A Olive Awards – 2016
We are thrilled and delighted to announce that in our first attempt to produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil we have been awarded TWO Golds and a Silver by the South African Olive Association.
Each year the association holds a competition where olive growers can submit their oils for tasting and assessment by a panel of experts and then gold, silver and bronze awards are presented in early September. We had the feeling that our ‘estate pressed’ extra virgin olive oil was of very good quality following the laboratory tests, but as this was our first year of production we dared not dream of winning an award. To end up with THREE leaves us all very pleased indeed!
Our ‘gold award winning’ Estate Blend is a combination of the oils of the three different cultivars grown on the estate – Frantoio, Mission and Manzanilla. The olives from each cultivar are picked and pressed separately which enables us to assess the qualities and flavours of each oil and to blend them together to produce a particular flavour that we think represents Galenia Estate. This season’s Estate Blend is a subtle balance of pungency and bitterness with a soft finish and grassy aroma.
The ‘gold award winning’ Director’s Blend is a combination of just two of the cultivars – Frantoio and Mission, blended in a proportion which gives a more intense aroma and pungency and a greater depth of flavour.
The ‘silver award winning’ Frantoio is a single cultivar Extra Virgin Olive Oil unblended and ‘straight from the tree’. The 2016 harvest has produced an oil of good aroma and pungency with low bitterness.
We are also pleased with our new Galenia logoed labels featuring a map of Africa (in gold, silver and bronze to differentiate each type of oil) in order to emphasise that the oil has been produced in South Africa. Not everyone associates Africa as a continent that grows olives and produces high quality extra virgin olive oil, but we hope that our new Galenia oils will add to the existing brands and create more awareness of the superb quality.