Eighty-one locally produced extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs) received medals at the SA Olive awards ceremony held last night at Ex Nihilo. Popular local television and radio personality, Liezel van der Weshuizen, added her special charm to the event as MC. Of the 93 oils entered, 25 received gold medals, 35 silver, and 21 bronzes. This makes a total of 87% of the oils entered worthy of medals.
From the back (left to right): Mike-Alec Kearney (Lapithos Olive Growers), Lizelle Joubert (Oakhurst Olives), Danie Goosen (Wildekrans), Quintus le Roux (Anysbos Olywe), Klaas Stoffberg (Babylonstoren), Louis Karsten (Babylonstoren), Gerhard du Toit (PG Fruit), Waldo Kellerman (Vigne d’Or), Gert van Dyk (Tokara), Stephan Steenkamp (Avenue Park (Pty) Ltd)
Front: Nicole Koen (Darling Olives), Chris van Niekerk (Mardouw), Andre Verder (Mardouw), Daniel Munzvenga (Zoetigheyd Farms), Willie Duminy (Porterville Olives), Joop Steenkamp (De Rustica Estate), Federica Bertrand (Morgenster)
The total of 93 oils, the same count as in 2018, entered into the 2019 SA Olive awards is proof of South African olive oil producers’ tenacity to make things work no matter the circumstances. A knack for innovating and a modern approach to making olive oil have once again pulled the SA olive oil industry through a season of challenging climatic conditions. The knock-on effect of the drought and the varying temperatures during the fruit set period did not dampen the industry’s spirit, or lower the overall quality of the 2019 awards’ entries.
The chairman of SA Olive, Nick Wilkinson, confirmed the challenges the industry faced this year and added that ‘even against the backdrop of these challenges, we still made world-class oils deserving of the international accolades they receive’.
As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and both the local and international tasting judges praised the quality of the EVOOs entered into the competition. Second-time judge in the competition, José Mingo from Chile, remarked on the unique fresh cut grass and wild herb qualities of the South African EVOOs. He went on to say that ‘South African producers can comfortably market their oils internationally with these distinctive flavour profiles as an element of differentiation in the market’. For panel leader, Müge Nebioğlu, it was her first introduction to such a vast array of South African EVOOs. Müge commented that ‘the judging was an incredible experience and the oils were excellent. SA producers are very knowledgeable and their use of modern technology produces very good oils’. The judges also commented on the effect of the continued drought on the quality of SA’s EVOOs and the fact that it has by and large not had a negative impact yet.
And the 2019 top honours go to…..
The gold medallists in the delicate EVOO category are Darling Olives, Lapithos Olive Growers, and Oakhurst Olives.
Gold in the medium EVOO category goes to Anysbos Olywe, Avenue Park (Pty) Ltd, Babylonstoren, De Rustica Estate, Mardouw Investments, Morgenster, Oakhurst Olives, PG Fruit, Porterville Olives, Tokara, Vigne d’Or, Wildekrans, and Zoetigheyd Farms.
The intense EVOO category gold winners are De Rustica Estate, Mardouw Investments, and Olive Boutique.
Multiple gold winners are Babylonstoren, De Rustica Estate, Mardouw Investments, Morgenster, Oakhurst Olives, and Porterville Olives.
See below for the full lists of gold, silver and bronze winners.
Leading up to the SA Olive Awards
Once again the SA Olive awards tasting panel was a mix of local and international judges. We had two new faces on the panel, Theresa Louw and Mare Groenewald. Louise Rabie returned after a two year absence and was joined by international judges, Müge Nebioğlu (Turkey) José Mingo (Chile), and Pablo Canamasas (Argentina). Completing the South African contingency were stalwarts of the olive oil community, Reni Hildenbrand and Benedetta Lami.
Oils were individually blind tasted and rated over a period of four days. Blue hued glasses, shaped to create the best sensory experience, were used in an environment that was temperature controlled, as well as devoid as possible of any interfering environmental factors.
All participating oils were locally produced by SA Olive members.
The top accolade in the SA Olive mentorship programme, the Mentorship Award, went to Piet Visser from Olyfberg. Piet’s direct supervisor at Olyfberg, André Lourens, commented that ‘Piet grew up in front of us and it’s been incredible to watch him develop from a shy boy into the confident man he is now’. A special mention was also made during the Mentorship awards of Martha Klaas, a teamleader from Waverley Hills. The SA Olive mentorship programme is in its twelfth year of developing and nurturing young talent in the olive industry.
The crown jewel of the SA Olive awards’ season, the ABSA Top 10 Awards, takes place on 27 September.
As always, we cannot do all this without our sponsors. Thank you to Mori-Tem Oliomio and Pieralisi for helping us make the SA Olive awards a world-class event.
And the winners in the Delicate category are …
|Gold||Darling Olives||Darling Olives EVOO||Delicate|
|Gold||Lapithos Olive Growers||Lapithos Olive Growers – Pure||Delicate|
|Gold||Oakhurst Olives||Oakhurst Delicate||Delicate|
|Silver||Cederberg Olives||Cederberg Olives – Frantoio||Delicate|
|Silver||Diepsak Farm||Green & Gold Premium||Delicate|
|Silver||Marbrin Farm||Marbrin Olive Growers Delicate||Delicate|
|Silver||Olive Boutique||Olive Boutique Frantoio||Delicate|
|Silver||Porterville Olives||Adante Delicate||Delicate|
|Silver||Rio Largo||Rio Largo Gold EVOO||Delicate|
|Silver||Rockhaven Farm||Rockhaven EVOO||Delicate|
And the winners are in the Intense category are …
|Gold||De Rustica Estate||Estate Intense||Intense|
|Gold||De Rustica Estate||Estate Collection: Coratina||Intense|
|Gold||Mardouw Investments ZA (Pty) (Ltd)||XXV Intense||Intense|
|Gold||Olive Boutique||Olive Boutique Coratina||Intense|
|Silver||Kadimah Olive Estate||Artois Intense 2019||Intense|
|Silver||Marbrin Farm||Marbrin Olive Growers Intense||Intense|
|Silver||Marbrin Farm||Marbrin Olive Growers Directors Reserve Intense||Intense|
|Silver||Rio Largo||Rio Largo Premium||Intense|
|Silver||Tokara||Tokara Estate Premium||Intense|
|Bronze||Gabriëlskloof||Gabriëlskloof Reserve Blend||Intense|
|Bronze||Gabriëlskloof||Gabriëlskloof Estate Blend||Intense|
And the winners are in the Medium category are …
|Gold||Anysbos Olywe||Anysbos EVOO||Medium|
|Gold||Avenue Park (Pty) Ltd||Cape EVOO||Medium|
|Gold||Babylonstoren||Babylonstoren Don Carlo||Medium|
|Gold||De Rustica Estate||Estate Medium||Medium|
|Gold||De Rustica Estate||Estate Collection: Frantoio||Medium|
|Gold||Mardouw Investments ZA (Pty) (Ltd)||Mardouw Oil of the Olive||Medium|
|Gold||Morgenster||Morgenster Don Carlo||Medium|
|Gold||Oakhurst Olives||Oakhurst Medium||Medium|
|Gold||PG Fruit||PG Fruit EVOO||Medium|
|Gold||Porterville Olives||Andante Intenso||Medium|
|Gold||Porterville Olives||Andante Forte||Medium|
|Gold||Porterville Olives||Andante Mezzo||Medium|
|Gold||Tokara||Tokara Multi Varietal||Medium|
|Gold||Vigne d’Or||Vigne d’Or EVOO||Medium|
|Gold||Wildekrans||Wildekrans Keerweer EVOO||Medium|
|Gold||Zoetigheyd Farms||Daniel’s Delish||Medium|
|Silver||De Hut||De Hut EVOO||Medium|
|Silver||Diepsak Farm||Green & Gold||Medium|
|Silver||Galenia Estate||Galenia Estate – Frantoio||Medium|
|Silver||Kredouw Olive Estate||Favalosa||Medium|
|Silver||Lapithos Olive Growers||Lapithos Olive Growers – Family Blend||Medium|
|Silver||Namaqua Olives||Namaqua Frantoio||Medium|
|Silver||Oakhurst Olives||Oakhurst Premium Reserve Medium||Medium|
|Silver||Oakhurst Olives||Oakhurst Intense||Medium|
|Silver||Oakhurst Olives||Oakhurst Premium Reserve||Medium|
|Silver||Rio Largo||Rio Largo EVOO||Medium|
|Silver||Serrado Olive Estate (Pty) Ltd||Serrado EVOO||Medium|
|Silver||Three Sisters t/a Montpellier||Frantoio FS 17 Blend||Medium|
|Silver||Wildekrans||Wildekrans Endless EVOO||Medium|
|Silver||Zoetigheyd Farms||Farm Fresh||Medium|
|Bronze||Darling Olives||Darling Olives Fynbossie||Medium|
|Bronze||F. Costa & Son||Woolworths Medium Intensity||Medium|
|Bronze||Galenia Estate||Galenia Estate – Director’s Blend||Medium|
|Bronze||Galenia Estate||Galenia Estate – Estate Blend||Medium|
|Bronze||Kadimah Olive Estate||Artois Medium 2019||Medium|
|Bronze||Kleinbergskloof||Kleinbergskloof Estate Blend||Medium|
|Bronze||Kransfontein Estate||Directors Reserve – Kransfontein Estate||Medium|
|Bronze||Kransfontein Estate||Frantoio – Kransfontein Estate||Medium|
|Bronze||Lapithos Olive Growers||Lapithos Olive Growers – Harmony||Medium|
|Bronze||Marbrin Farm||Marbrin Olive Growers Medium||Medium|
|Bronze||Olive Boutique||Olive Boutique Frantoio / Leccino||Medium|
|Bronze||Olyfberg Vrugte||Olyfberg EVOO Blend 2||Medium|
|Bronze||Olyfberg Vrugte||Olyfberg EVOO Blend 1||Medium|
|Bronze||Prince Albert Olives||Karoo Blend EVOO||Medium|
|Bronze||Terra Rossa||Terra Rossa – Napier EVOO||Medium|
|Bronze||The Greenleaf Olive Company||Saint Sebastian Bay EVOO||Medium|
|Bronze||The Greenleaf Olive Company||Greenleaf EVOO||Medium|
|Bronze||Wildekrans||Wildekrans Field Blend EVOO||Medium|