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.
Absa Top 10 Winner: Mardouw Oil of the Olive
SA Olive Gold Winners: Mardouw Oil of the Olive & Mardouw XXV Intense
Name of the oil: Mardouw Oil of the Olive
Cultivars used for this oil: Frantoio, Mission
Litres produced: 4200 lt
Tasting notes: Well-balanced medium EVOO, with positive attributes of ripe and green olives, olive leaf, artichoke, ripe walnut and almond.
Best paired with which food: Best paired with seafood dishes and fresh salads.
Where to buy: Pick & Pay and the online shop.
Name of the oil: Mardouw XXV Intense
Cultivars used for this oil: Coratina, Frantoio
Litres produced: 2850 lt
Tasting notes: Well-balanced Intense EVOO, with positive attributes of ripe and green olives, olive leaf, artichoke, walnut and tomato.
Best paired with which food: Best paired with pasta, fresh salads or just dipped in freshly baked Ciabatta.
Where to buy: Woolworths, Pick & Pay, Selected SPAR’s, Giovanni’s, Olive Branch Deli and the online shop.
Some background about the farm: Established in 2002 by current owners Andre and Marijke Verder, Mardouw Olive Estate is well known for its Mediterranean Climate and Fertile soils of the Langeberg Mountain range. 50 000 trees are planted on the Estate from which 45 000 are planted as Super High-Density groves.
Main cultivars present: Frantoio, FS17, Coratina, Leccino, Nocellarra, Mission and Kalamata.
Producer history: First olive oils under the name of Mardouw was launch in 2015. In 2017, Mardouw Medium and Mardouw XXV Intense received a Gold Award at the annual SA Olive Awards event, followed by the same results in 2018 and 2019. In 2017 and 2018, Mardouw XXV Intense was also awarded as one of the ABSA Top 10 winners. 2019 was an exceptional year for Mardouw, as their Mardouw Medium EVOO received 2 International Gold Awards at the New York IOOC as well as LONDON IOOC.
Short introduction to the Oil Maker & his/her comment on the 2019 Harvest: Again, what a year our producers had to face! Unfavourable weather conditions during flowering period, lead to small crops all around the Western Cape region. Mardouw has adjusted their time of picking their olives, to be able to have different styles of oil, to be blended together after harvest. This has enabled us to continue the quality and taste profile we are recognize by.
Telephone: +27 (0)23 616 2999