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September 2014
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 oil.

Last year (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.

This year 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 bottling.

History

Our Olive Oil
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.

Artisanal Oil
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.

High Quality, Low Volume
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.

Nurture Nature
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.

 

 

Martin & Penelope Hale
Our Olive Oil
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