Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.
SA Olive Gold Winner: Kleinbergskloof Estate Blend EVOO
Name: Kleinbergskloof Estate Blend EVOO
Cultivars: Mission, Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, Favalosa
Litres Produced: 2 500 litres
About Kleinbergskloof Olive Estate:
Boutique olive farm in Stilbaai, Western Cape with trees planted in a limestone terroir. This produces a very special and unique olive oil.
Bought in 2001, it appeared that Kleinbergskloof was a farm where nothing would grow, but owners Hennie and Suna Volschenk saw the potential and after conferring with legendary SANParks CEO the late Dr Tol Pienaar, the Olive Estate was born. The first trees were planted in 2005 despite the sandy soil and having to keep the moles at bay. As the trees approached maturity it became apparent that the limestone-rich soil compared favourably with the best champagne farms in France, giving the olives a truly unique flavour.
Striving to produce the best olive oil the Volschenks are involved in every step of the process and by 2013 they were ready to press their own olive oil. Producing multiple varietals (Mission; Coratina; Leccino and Frantoio) to blend truly exceptional olive oils, Kleinbergskloof won gold in 2013, silver in 2014, two silvers in 2015, gold in 2016 and gold again in the 2017 SA Olive awards.
Oil Maker & 2017 Harvest:
Hennie Volschenk is the owner, oil maker and blender. He is a part-time farmer with a passion for olive farming and an ethos of quality over quantity. He personally handles and oversees all the different stages and facets of the oil making process. “This year we have exceptionally fruitful flavours – due to the serious drought conditions in the Western Cape, 2017 was not a high yield harvest, but one of high-quality.”
A blend of ripe and green olives with exceptional fruity aromas – fresh and crisp. While attempting to blend five cultivars with a lower mission olive yield than in previous years we have tried to maintain that specific green olive taste that is synonymous with Kleinbergskloof’s Estate Blend delivering dominant peppery and herbaceous flavours. The effect – Complex oil with special fruity aromas.
Fresh salads, fish and pasta dishes.
Where to Buy: Contact Suna Volschenk firstname.lastname@example.org or 0825685567 or online.