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Absa Top 5 2016 Winner (4 of 5): Marbrin Intense Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Shows flavours of – Green grass, salad leaves, green veg, herbs & walnut, well balanced, aniseed, complex, green fruit, pine needle, nettles, minty green apple and aroma, butter lettuce, rocket, baby salad.
Cultivars: Frantoio, Coratina, Leccino and Mission
Litres Produced: 3 000 litres
About Marbrin Olive Growers
We are a small family-run boutique olive farm nestled in the renowned Robertson Breede River Valley surrounded by the Langeberg and Riviersonderend Mountains. We extract extra virgin olive oil and process our own unique range of table olives and tapenade. Come and enjoy the ambience of the Robertson Valley as well as the taste of our olives and olive oil, a fruit well-known for its remarkable health benefits.
Owner, Peter Coetsee planted the first trees here back in 1997. He pressed his first oil in 2011, which is when he won his first Gold Medal. His daughter, Briony and partner, Clive Heymans, returned from living abroad for many years to take over the farm in 2012 and they have won a minimum of one Gold Medal for every vintage produced since. This is the third time in the 4 years that Absa has been running these awards that their oils have been shortlisted as the best in the country.
Oil Maker & 2016 Harvest
Clive Heymans, Peter’s son-in-law is the farmer and producer of all Marbrin’s products. He found the harvest for 2016 much more abundant in all factors – quantity harvested, fruitiness produced and spiciness at the finish.
Tasting Notes: This oil is robust and intense in fruitiness with flavours of green tomatoes, avocado, green apples and hints of walnuts all balanced with a strong peppery finish.
Pairing: This oil works well as a table oil – poured over pastas, over salads and for dipping with fresh breads.
Where to Buy: Online – www.marbrin.co.za | Also at selected retails outlets including Giovanni’s, The Food Barn and The Olive Branch