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Absa Top 5 2016 Winner (3 of 5): Kransfontein Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Shows flavours of – Sweet almond, olive leaf, good green veg flavours, ripe tomato, artichoke, a lovely balance, clean , floral, almonds, olive leave, green tomato leave, pine nuts, with good persistence.
Litres Produced: 2000 litres
Kransfontein is situated 10 km from the coastel town Stilbaai along Goukou River. The farm was established in 1833. Kransfontein Estate were originally the farms Birdsong, Muffets and Milkwood. These farms were collected by the internationally famous novelist Wilber Smith over many years where he wrote his early novels. In 2000 the farms were purchased by adv Altus Joubert SC and enlarged by adding the farm Drie Heuwels. The trees are on terraced, calsium rich, north facing slopes with the cultivars Coratina from the Puglia region known as the heel of Italy. Missions originally from Spain and Frantoios from Tuscany Italy. Great care is taken to ensure health of soil, trees and fruit. Olives are cold pressed same day of harvesting even if it runs into early morning hours.
The oil maker and manager is Dail Steyn with his press assistants Ronnie and Hennie and a team harvesters. He has been on the farm for the last 9 years.
Tasting Notes: Strong peppery flavour attributed to its high polyphenol levels. This years tasting results – Fruit of green and ripe olives and olive leaves, with taste of almonds and walnuts.
Pairing: Good with pastas, salads and roasted vegetables.
Where to Buy: Stilbaai Spar & OK Grocers, Allegaartjie, Mamma Mia, Olive Deli Lifestyle Centre Kloof Street Cape Town, Wine Village Sandbaai Hermanus & Ciao Bella Restaurant in George