Following the announcement of the 2020 #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 EVOO
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Winner: Mardouw XXV Intense EVOO


Name of the oil: XXV Intense
Style: Intense

Cultivars used for this oil: Coratina & Frantoio
Litres produced: 2000 lt

Producer history: Mardouw Olive Estate, own by the Verder family, is situated at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa. All Mardouw’s extra virgin olive oils are pure, natural oils made from hand-picked olives and same-day cold extraction of the best cultivars. Mediterranean climate and fertile soil provide perfect conditions for our olive 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.

Short introduction to the oil maker & his/her comment on the 2020 harvest: After the unexpected passing of Olive Oil wizard Chris van Niekerk, Mardouw’s management team were assisted by Olive Oil consultant, Nico Loubser.

Tasting notes: Intense, well balanced with a good mouthfeel. Positive attributes of fruit of green & ripe olives, olive leaf, artichoke, walnut, tomato, rocket, and pine seed. Fruity, bitter & peppery.

Best paired with which food: Great for salad dressings, drizzle over favourite Italian dishes & bread. Drizzle over fish, chicken & roast vegetables or stir fries.

Where to buy: Available online at, Woolworths, and selected PnP stores.


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