SA Olive Awards 2017 Results

Despite a difficult harvest leading to a smaller olive harvest, SA producers have still succeeded in providing the panel of five esteemed judges with outstanding contenders for the gold, silver and bronze medals up for grabs in the 2017 SA Olive Awards. Led by international olive oil expert and sensory scientist, Sue Langstaff from California, the panel awarded a total of 19 gold (22%), 37 silver and 23 bronze medals.

SAOlive gold medalists formal

Out of the 87 extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) entered in categories for delicate, medium and intense, some 90% were deserving of a medal. This compares well against similar competitions held in other countries – it means the producers have exercised a healthy measure of self-policing by entering mostly olive oils of high quality worthy of a medal. – Sue Langstaff

“The message to South African producers is that 90% of participating oils are worthy quality-wise, and local olive oil consumers can rest assured that buying medal-bearing oils from the 2017 harvest will not disappoint,” says SA Olive chairperson, Nick Wilkinson. “The competition also allows olive oil producers to ascertain what a gold medallist tastes like in terms of balance, complexity, harmony and freshness.”

And the winners are …

The gold medallists in the category for delicate EVOO: Cederberg Olives Frantoio EVOO, Mount Ceder EVOO, Rio Largo Gold EVOO and Tokara Mission Premium EVOO.

In the category for medium EVOO top honours went to Adamskloof EVOO, De Rustica Estate Medium EVOO, De Rustica Estate Collection EVOO, Green & Gold EVOO, Kleinbergskloof Olive Estate Blend EVOO, Mardouw EVOO, Olyvenbosch EVOO, Serrado EVOO and Wildekrans Keerweer EVOO.

Intense category winners: De Rustica Estate Collection Coratina EVOO, Kransfontein Coratina EVOO, Marbrin Olive Growers Directors Reserve EVOO, Mardouw Premium XXV Intense EVOO, Morgenster EVOO and Porterville Olives’ Andante Intenso EVOO.

Producers who scooped more than one gold medal, includes De Rustica Olive Estate (3) and Mardouw Olive Estate (2).

SA olive awards 2017

MEDAL PRODUCER PRODUCT – STYLE DELICATE STYLE
Gold Cederberg Olives Cederberg Olives Frantoio EVOO Delicate
Gold Mount Ceder Mount Ceder EVOO Delicate
Gold Rio Largo Olive Estate Rio Largo Gold EVOO Delicate
Gold Tokara Tokara Mission Premium EVOO Delicate
Silver De Rustica Olive Estate De Rustica Estate Delicate EVOO Delicate
Silver Kransfontein Estate Kransfontein Mission EVOO Delicate
Silver Marbrin Farm Marbrin Olive Growers Delicate EVOO Delicate
Silver Mont Rouge Olive Estate Mont Rouge Owner’s Reserve EVOO Delicate
Silver Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate Morgenster Monte Marcello EVOO Delicate
Silver Oakhurst Olives Premium Reserve EVOO Delicate
Silver Porterville Olives Andante Delicate EVOO Delicate
Silver Willow Creek Olive Estate Willow Creek Nuy Valley EVOO Delicate
Silver Willow Creek Olive Estate Food Lover’s Signature EVOO Delicate
Bronze Mont Rouge Olive Estate Mont Rouge Delicate EVOO Delicate
Bronze Oakhurst Olives Oakhurst Delicate EVOO Delicate
Bronze Pétra Olives Pétra Delicate EVOO Delicate
Bronze The Greenleaf Olive Company River Press EVOO Delicate
MEDAL PRODUCER PRODUCT – STYLE INTENSE STYLE
Gold De Rustica Olive Estate De Rustica Estate Collection Corantina EVOO Intense
Gold Kransfontein Estate Kransfontein Coratina EVOO Intense
Gold Marbrin Farm Mabrin Olive Growers Directors Reserve EVOO Intense
Gold Mardouw Olive Estate Premium  XXV Intense EVOO Intense
Gold Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate Morgenster EVOO Intense
Gold Porterville Olives Andante Intenso EVOO Intense
Silver De Rustica Olive Estate De Rustica Estate Intense EVOO Intense
Silver Mont Rouge Olive Estate Mont Rouge Intense EVOO Intense
Silver Mont Rouge Olive Estate Mont Rouge Assegaay Reserve EVOO Intense
Silver Mont Rouge Olive Estate Mont Rouge 33˚ South EVOO Intense
Silver Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate Morgenster Don Carlo EVOO Intense
Silver Oakhurst Olives Oakhurst Intense EVOO Intense
Silver Porterville Olives Andante Forte EVOO Intense
Silver Rio Largo Olive Estate Rio Largo Premium EVOO Intense
Silver The Ou Pastorie Cape EVOO Intense
Bronze Marbrin Farm Marbin Olive Growers Intense EVOO Intense
Bronze Tokara Tokara Premium EVOO Intense
Bronze Willow Creek Olive Estate Willow Creek Directors’ Reserve EVOO Intense
MEDAL PRODUCER PRODUCT – STYLE MEDIUM STYLE
Gold Adamskloof Adamskloof EVOO Medium
Gold De Rustica  Olive Estates De Rustica Estate Medium EVOO Medium
Gold De Rustica  Olive Estates De Rustica Estate Collection EVOO Medium
Gold Green & Gold Green & Gold EVOO Medium
Gold Kleinbergskloof Olive Estate Kleinbergskloof Olive Estate Blend EVOO Medium
Gold Mardouw Olive Estate Mardouw EVOO Medium
Gold Olyvenbosch Olyvenbosch EVOO Medium
Gold Serrado Olive Estate Serrado EVOO Medium
Gold Wildekrans Wine Estate Wildekrans Keerweer EVOO Medium
Silver Anysbos Olywe Anysbos EVOO Medium
Silver Babylonstoren Babylonstoren EVOO Medium
Silver Chaloner Chaloner EVOO Medium
Silver Darling Olives Darling Olives EVOO Medium
Silver Gabriëlskloof Gabriëlskloof EVOO Medium
Silver Green & Gold Green & Gold EVOO Medium
Silver Kransfontein Estate Kransfontein Estate Directors Reserve Premium Blend EVOO Medium
Silver Mont Rouge Olive Estate Mont Rouge Medium EVOO Medium
Silver Mont Rouge Olive Estate Mont Rouge Karoo Reserve EVOO Medium
Silver Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate Woolworths EVOO Medium
Silver Olyfberg Olyfberg EVOO Medium
Silver Rio Largo Olive Estate Rio Largo EVOO Medium
Silver Terra Rossa – Napier Terra Rossa – Napier EVOO Medium
Silver Tokara Tokara Mission EVOO Medium
Silver Waterleliefontein Waterleliefontein EVOO Medium
Silver Willow Creek Olive Estate Willow Creek Prive EVOO Medium
Bronze Bakenshoogte Bakenshoogte EVOO Medium
Bronze De Boerin De Boerin EVOO Medium
Bronze Gantouw Farm Gantouw Farm EVOO Medium
Bronze Groote Vallei Groote Vallei EVOO Medium
Bronze Hillcrest Estate Durbanville Hillcrest Estate EVOO Medium
Bronze Kransfontein Estate Kransfontein Frantoio EVOO Medium
Bronze L’Ormarins L’Ormarins EVOO Medium
Bronze L’Ormarins L’Ormarins Leccino EVOO Medium
Bronze Marbrin Farm Mabrin Olive Growers Medium EVOO Medium
Bronze Namaqua Olives and Olive Oil Namaqua EVOO Medium
Bronze Oudewerfskloof Oudewerskloof Frantoio/Mission EVOO Medium
Bronze Porterville Olives Andante EVOO Medium
Bronze River Bend Farm River Bend Frantoio Late Harvest EVOO Medium
Bronze Tokara Tokara Frantoio Premium EVOO Medium
Bronze Tokara Tokara Leccino Premium EVOO Medium
Bronze Tokara Tokara Estate EVOO Medium
Bronze Wildekrans Wine Estate Wildekrans Endless EVOO Medium
Bronze Willow Creek Olive Estate Willow Creek Estate Blend EVOO Medium
Bronze Willow Creek Olive Estate Banting Revolution EVOO Medium

 

Judging – behind the scenes

This year, for the first time, only professionals who had not entered an oil themselves, formed part of the adjudication team.  The panel consisted of Reni Hildenbrand, Benedetta Lami and Linda Costa, local olive oil experts who regularly serve on international judging panels, and SA Olive tasting members, Birgitta Hofmeyr and Hazel Henman. International panel leader Sue Langstaff is also the leader of the UC Davis Olive Oil Taste Panel and co-editor of the book Olive Oil Sensory Science and creator of The Defects Wheel for Olive Oil.

Over a three-day judging process, olive oils were individually blind tasted and rated.

We do not have access to the bottles to eliminate the chance of recognising the labelling or specific shape of a bottle.  SA Olive has executed yet another adjudication process according to the strict regulations of the International Olive Council (Madrid). – Reni Hildenbrand

Some of the international directives also include that the judging venue must be kept at a steady 28°C for optimum olive oil consistency, while blue-hued specially shaped tasting glasses ensure that the oil is not judged by its colour and that the maximum concentration of aromas are captured during the tasting. Entries must also be 100% South African and made by SA producers registered with SA Olive.

Absa Top 10: Consumers can look forward to the announcement of the crème de la crème when the Absa Top 10 Extra Virgin Olive Oils are announced on 27 September.

SA Olive would like to thank Mori-Tem Oliomio and Pieralisi for their contribution in furthering the local olive oil industry through their sponsorship of the SA Olive Awards.

For more information visit www.saolive.co.za or contact Karien Bezuidenhout at 021 870 2900 or karien@hortgro.co.za.

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SA Olive is an association representing the common interests of the South African olive industry. SA Olive members consist of olive growers, olive oil producers, table olive producers, tree nurseries and olive importers.
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