Since the success of our first commercial harvest of Our Olive Oil which
is now sold out, we have been working hard to follow up with an even better
(2013) was a a total disaster. Nearly all the young fruits dropped from
the trees in the terrible winds and cold of last May, then the summer
was to dry which meant we ended up with poor quality olives that we sold
directly to our cooperativa rather than bottle a inferior oil.
however is looking good. The trees flowered well, the spring and summer
have been kind with the wind and rain and as of the end of August the
trees are heavy with olives, so we are hoping to collect a good crop for
Our Olive Oil is cultivated from olives grown in our own groves, then
collected and sold by ourselves. Only the processing and bottling are
managed by a professional co-operative. This ensures that you can be confident
that you are buying from a single source supplier whose sole aim is to
provide the best quality product on the market.
This year's harvest has produced an extremely high quality Extra Virgin
olive oil. With an very low acidity of 0.3%, which is well below the upper
limit (0.8%) for Extra Virgin olive oil. All the olives were hand collected
onto nets, ensuring they were pressed whilst in prime condition. The fresh
green flavour with light peppery finish, derives from the three varieties
of tree grow in our land, Morut (Moruda), Sevillianca and Farga and early
harvesting of their olives.
With 5,000 kilos of olives collected this autumn and a rendition of 10%,
only 540 litres of extra virgin oil was produced. After filtration and
bottling, we have 950 1/2litre bottles for sale this harvest. The sales
at our launch week at the beginning of March were exceptional, with buyers
returning for more bottles after their initial purchase.
We are bringing
some more olive trees into production this year and next year, so we hope
that in the future we will be able to produce up to 2,000 litres per year
whilst maintaining the same quality.
Our olive groves were a derelict wilderness when we purchased the land
and no pesticides or herbicides have been used on them for well over 15
years. The trees are fertilised using pig manure from local farms. There
are a number of beehives kept on the finca and the bees are constant sight
and sound as they pollinate our trees and flowers. We do not plough the
gound between the trees until after the end of the spring flowering, to
ensure the bees can collect all the pollen they need.
At the moment,
we have not applied for official organic status as our cooperative would
also need certification. However we can assure you that the olives produced
have only been touched by the rain, wind, bees and our own hands.
& Penelope Hale
Our Olive Oil
ouroliveoil (at) gmail.com