Extra Virgin Olive Oils are classified as Mild, Medium, and Robust. Many producers will blend their oils to create a consistent flavour palate for each year. We have chosen to produce single varietals to focus on the characteristics of each variety - Picual, Frantoio, and Leccino. The weather also plays a part in the flavours produced as does the time chosen to harvest. Wetter years can produce less robust oils and later picked olives are often softer on the palate and may not keep as long. Our preference is for extra virgins with lots of flavour and often this means they are more robust or peppery.
Each year we enter competitions to guarantee the quality of our oils. In 2022 we entered the Australian International Olive Awards. This show has entries from all over Australia and overseas and judging panels in Australia and other olive producing countries such as Italy and Spain. We received a Gold medal for Picual and Silver medals for Frantoio and Leccino. In addition, our Picual was awarded the Champion trophy for best Extra Virgin in the Robust class.
Following are the judges’ comments:
"Fresh and highly intense green fruit aromas including tomato leaf, green olive, artichoke and fresh fig leaves. Aromas are fully transferred to the mouth. A light fresh mouthfeel. Spicy bitterness and a medium astringency are evident quickly on the palate but are very well balanced. Long lingering finish that keeps on giving."
"Fresh aromas of tropical fruits, malt, grass, red apple and spice. Moderate transfer to the palate with more rocket and green tea flavours. Light clean mouthfeel. Warming pepper on the back of the throat with balanced bitterness. A green sappy astringency then dominates the texture. Relatively complex with a moderate finish."
"Medium intense aromas of artichoke, grass, kale, snow peas and red capsicum. Transfers well to the palate with additional dry notes of tobacco leaf and green almonds. Light in the mouth with balanced bitterness and pungency. The pungency builds slowly to a simple and harmonious finish."
All three varieties we produce are available for purchase in either 500 mL bottles or 4 L tins.
In 2017, with an excess of lemons, limes and chillies on our farm we produced two flavoured oils.
Lemon-Lime Agrumato - Agrumato is a traditional Italian method of crushing olives and fruits together. This delicious oil adds a piquant, citrusy lift to salads, fish, chicken, pasta and vegetables.
Our Chilli Infused oil is a taste treat for those lovers of the hot and spicy.
Due to the popularity of both oils we continue to produce the Lemon-Lime and Chilli oils whenever we have fruit available.
Our flavoured oils are available in 250 mL bottles.