Following the announcement of the 2019 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.
SA Olive Gold Winners: Morgenster EVOO & Morgenster Don Carlo
Name of the oil: Morgenster EVOO
Cultivars used for this oil: Blend of various Italian cultivars known for the superior oil that they produce
Pack Sizes: 250ml, 500ml and 5l
Name of the oil: Morgenster Don Carlo
Pack Sizes: Medium
Cultivars used for this oil: Don Carlo
Litres produced: 500ml
Some background about the farm: Giulio Bertrand bought Morgenster in 1992 from Jacques Malan who came from Piedmont, Italy. Bertrand who is also from Piedmont states that it was his appreciation of the country, its climate and lifestyle that led to his decision to purchase a retirement home here, and ultimately to the birth of the Morgenster brand based on Quality! Putting retirement on hold and with a lifelong philosophy of producing only the best, he set out to produce world-class Bordeaux-styled wine and the highest quality Italian-style extra virgin olive oil.
Producer history: www.morgenster.co.za
Tasting notes (EVOO): The Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive oil will present you with medium to intense concentration of fruit flavours, it’s an intense oil that leaves you with a very clean finish. As you swallow the oil you will notice a pleasant bitterness on the roof of your mouth and a peppery burn down the back of your throat – both distinct characteristics of excellent quality oil.
Best paired with which food (EVOO): Morgenster’s Extra Virgin Olive oil makes a fabulous salad dressing just as it is. Use it to drizzle over toasted Bruschetta, your favourite Italian bread or on your morning toast instead of butter. Drizzle on grilled fish, roast vegetables or stir-fries. It makes excellent mayonnaise and you can even try your hand at making Olive Oil Ice-cream.
Tasting notes (Don Carlo): This Don Carlo EVOO wil present you with intense peppery flavours, with a slightly bitter taste. Characteristic green flavours of artichokes, green tomato and tomato leaf will follow.
Best paired with which food: This is an intense oil and is perfect to combine with dishes with bold flavours and unflinching ingredients; think of hearty winter soups especially those with beans as a base; drizzle them lavishly with the oil and serve with crusty bread.
Where to buy: Online Shop
Telephone: +27 21 852 1738