Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil achieves 98% in Flos Olei 2014 – one of the top 11 oils in the world
6 December 2013 Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded the top score of 98 points out of a possible 100 in the Flos Olei 2014 competition which assesses the world’s best olive oils.
The Estate also received the “Made with Love” award in the section listing the world’s 20 best farms in the accompanyingFlos Olei 2014 - a guide to the world of extra virgin olive oil (www.flosolei.com).
Giulio Bertrand, owner of the Somerset West farm, went to Rome to accept the award on 1 December and commented: “In last year’s Flos Olei we were excited to achieve 97 out of 100 for the fourth year in a row. But that year Flos Olei awarded 98 points for the first time so we set a higher objective.
“This year, being one of only 11 oil producers in the world to achieve 98/100, the highest score ever bestowed on an oil by such a top international panel of judges, makes me very proud to bring this award home to South Africa”. The other ten farms are in Spain (two), Italy (seven) and Chile (one).
Bertrand believes that the combination of Italian trees and expertise, an exceptional South African terroir and a rigid approach to quality at every stage of production has enabled Morgenster to achieve this level of excellence.
The Estate’s wines and olive products are exported around the world. On their labels they feature the Morning Star within a scallop shell as depicted on the front gable of the Estate’s manor house.
Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil bursts with multiple layers of flavour, the result of blending oils from 14 different Italian cultivars grown, extracted and bottled on the Morgenster Estate.
Flos Olei’s description: “We recommend the Extra Virgin Morgenster, which is an intense limpid golden yellow colour with slight green hues.
Its aroma is definite and elegant, rich in vegetal hints of freshly mown grass, artichoke and chicory, together with distinct notes of mint and rosemary.
Its taste is full and strong, with a flavour of thistle, lettuce and black pepper. Bitterness and pungency are distinct and balanced, with a sweet almond finish.
It would be ideal on steamed beans, tomato salads, marinated salmon, vegetables au gratin, chanterelle mushroom soups, risotto with artichokes, stewed shellfish, roast fish, baked rabbit, grilled poultry, goat cheese”.
Flos Olei 2014 is an annual guide (first edition 2010), which is the first to deal on an international scale with the world’s best extra virgin olive oils, providing information about the sector and directing readers towards quality. www.flosolei.com It is also an international competition involving an assessment of olive oils done by a panel of expert tasters under the coordination of Marco Oreggia (www.marco-oreggia.com). Tasters follow strictly controlled tasting procedures.
About Flos Olei
· Flos Olei 2014 is an annual international guide (first edition 2010), which is the first to deal on an international scale with the world’s best extra virgin olive oils, providing information about the sector and directing readers towards quality. www.flosolei.com
· Flos Olei is also an international competition involving an assessment of olive oils done by a panel of expert tasters under the coordination of Marco Oreggia (www.marco-oreggia.com). Tasters follow strictly controlled tasting procedures.
· Marco Oreggia, one of the world’s leading expert tasters of extra virgin olive oil, is editor and publisher of Flos Olei. Vice editor is Laura Marinelli.
· Flos Olei is a successor to L’Extravergine, an annual Guide last published in 2009 after nine editions, also edited by Marco Oreggia.
Morgenster and Flos Olei/L’Extravergine
· Flos Olei 2014. Morgenster is one of 11 producers to have achieved 98/100, the highest ever bestowed. These 11 farms are from Spain (two), Italy (seven), South Africa (one - Morgenster), Chile (one).
· Flos Olei 2013. 14 producers achieved 97 points, six from Spain, five from Italy, and one each from Croatia, Morocco and South Africa (Morgenster). For the first time 98 points were awarded, achieved by producers in Spain (one), Italy (five) and Chile (one).
· Flos Olei 2012. The 16 top achievers, scoring 97 out of a possible 100 points, came from Spain (four), Italy (eight), Morocco (one) Chile (two) and South Africa (one - Morgenster). Production from 43 countries on five continents was judged for Flos Olei 2012.
· Flos Olei 2011. Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil scored 97 points out of a possible 100. 97 was the highest score awarded and Morgenster was the top South African producer. It shared 97 points with 11 other producers from Spain (two), Italy (six), Morocco (one) and Chile (two). 455 producers from 42 countries on five continents were judged.
· Flos Olei 2010. Eight oils, including Morgenster, were accorded the top score of 97 out of a possible 100.
· Morgenster was judged “Best Blended Olive Oil in the world” L’Extravergine 2006
· A year later, Morgenster was judged “Mill of the year” L’Extravergine 2007
Italian input to Morgenster’s extra virgin olive oil:
When Bertrand moved from Italy to South Africa in 1992 and bought Morgenster, he found that good quality extra virgin olive oil was not being produced locally. When he learnt that the farm’s terroir could produce olive oil and wine in line with the best in the world, he established a long-term partnership with Prof. Giuseppe Fontanazza of the Italian Institute of Olive Research. As a result Bertrand imported 2000 olive trees of 14 cultivars from the north to the south and the islands of Italy, and established them in his nursery. The farm now has over 50 hectares of olive groves covering 17 different Italian varieties. Prof Fontanazza visits Morgenster during harvest to ensure that the most up-to-date farming and processing practices are used.