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: Mardouw XXV Intense
SA Olive Gold Winner: Mardouw Oil of The Olive EVOO
Name: Mardouw XXV Intense
Litres Produced: 1600 litres
Well balanced EVOO, fruit of green and ripe olive, olive leaf, artichoke, walnut, almond, tomato leaf and green tomato.
Freshly green salads, pasta, or even drizzle over freshly baked ciabatta.
Name: Mardouw Oil of The Olive EVOO
Cultivars: FS17, Frantoio, Mission, Nocelarra Del Belice
Litres Produced: 27 731 litres
Medium well balanced fresh EVOO. Fruit of green and ripe olives, olive leaf, artichoke, bunch of herbs, mint and green almond.
Fresh green salads and pasta.
About Mardouw Olive Estate:
All Mardouw’s extra virgin olive oil are pure, natural oils made from hand-picked olives and same-day cold extraction of the best cultivars. Mediterranean climate and fertile soil at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa provide perfect conditions for our 50,000 trees. The entire production process takes place at the privately owned Mardouw Olive Estate in Swellendam, South Africa – making all Mardouw products genuine “estate” products.
Mardouw started producing under its own label in 2013, so it’s a fairly new role player in the market. It is starting to have a share of the local and international market with its high-quality olive oil and olive products.
Oil Maker & 2018 Harvest:
Chris van Niekerk became an oil maker in 2015. The 2018 harvest was a difficult year due to the drought that was present in Western Cape, however the fruit was healthy and had an above average harvest of 170 tons. There was all around good peppery, bitterness in oil, but somehow shows a lack of an intense fruity nose.
Tel: ++27 (0)82 494 3794