Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.
Absa Top 10 2017 Winner (6 of 10): Wildekrans Keerweer EVOO
Name: Wildekrans Keerweer EVOO
Cultivars: FS17 (Favolosa)
Litres Produced: 1400 litres
Complex nose, balanced on the palate, green notes on the nose and carry through onto palate, lovely oil with tomato and artichoke.
About Wildekrans Estate:
The farm was formerly known as ‘Keerweer’ or ‘Keerweder’, the title originally having been granted in 1864. The history of the farm before this date appears to have been part of the farm Rooiheuval, which was part of an original grant dating back to the early 18th century. In 1982, the first of the present vineyards were planted and the new wine cellar was built. From 1997, new vineyards comprising over 40 hectares were planted, including 30 hectares of plums and pears, as well as 14 hectares of olives. The new owners have, with great pride and joy, restored every building on the farm, some having been in ruins and dating back over 150 years.
The trees were planted in 2011 and in the last 3 seasons, we started to see a big change in volumes of the olives. It is one entity on the farm that is growing in stature but the focus is still wine production for the Estate. In 2017 we entered a new era by buying our own olive oil press and started producing our own oil. Wildekrans Keerweer EVOO is produced on the Wildekrans Wine Estate in extremely small quantities. The very same terroir that is responsible for our wines has an equal influence on our olives with the unique conditions such as the cooling sea breeze creating distinct flavours.
Oil Maker & 2017 Harvest:
Danie Goosen and Braam Gericke have been under the guidance of Hans Evenhuis from Hemelrand for the last 2 years who extracted the oil for the farm. The 2017 harvest has been difficult with the dry weather recently. It meant low volumes but a more intense flavoured oil produced.
Rich nutty flavour and floral, spicy, grassy aromas.
Great in stews, over soups, and well-seasoned big dishes with bold flavours!
Where to Buy:
At our tasting room or can also email to