Following the announcement of the 2018 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.
Absa Top 10 Winner: Serrado EVOO
Name: Serrado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cultivars: Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, Mission
Litres Produced: 950 litres
About Serrado Olive Estate:
Serrado Olive Estate is situated on the farms De Luc, Craberrie and Wolfkop in the Eastern Free State at an altitude of 1,570m. We have severe winters, with temperatures dipping as low as -7 °C and unpredictable summers making Serrado Olive Estate a pioneer in growing olives in the area.
Serrado Olive Estate (Pty) Ltd is a family business owned 100% by the de Freitas family. The olive grove was started in 2007 by Oscar de Freitas and we started producing olive oil in 2012 with Serrado being awarded the following awards:
- SA Olive 2013 Gold Award
- SA Olive 2016 Bronze Award
- SA Olive 2017 Gold Award – Medium Fruit Category
- ABSA Top 10 2017 – Medium Fruit Category
- SA Olive 2018 Gold Award – Medium Fruit Category
- Sol d’Oro 2018 Gold Award – Medium Fruit Category
On the 13th of September 2013, a fire in the district destroyed the 45-hectare olive grove losing about 40% of the trees. Due to this tragedy, there was no production in the 2014 year and very little in the 2015 year. Since 2016 the trees have gone from strength to strength resulting in our highest yield thus far in 2017
Oil Maker & 2018 Harvest:
Julian de Freitas, the son of Oscar de Freitas, who shares his father’s passion for olive oil has been involved with the production of the olive oil since Serrado started pressing EVOO in 2012. The 2018 harvest was challenging, due to the drought as well as the late cold snap we had as the trees were flowering. This resulted in lower yields than expected, but a great quality EVOO.
Soft, medium, nutty well-balanced EVOO. Positive attributes: fruit of green and ripe olives, mint, herbaceous, almond, walnut, pine seed.
Toasted homemade sour dough bread, rubbed with roasted garlic and drizzled with a generous helping of Serrado EVOO.
Where to Buy:
Selected Spars and delicatessens in the Free State, as well as Woolworths for a limited period in 2018.