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We spoke with Grampians Olive Co. producer Greg Mathews about their new season, 2018 Extra Virgin Olive Oil and we learned a great deal. Firstly we wanted to find out more about their intriguing Olio Nuovo:

Grampians Olive Co's limited release First Harvest Olio Nuovo (new oil) is cloudy, unfiltered and is picked, immediately cold pressed and then bottled within 24 hours.

The oil is a medium flavour intensity and being from the very first harvest/pressing of the season is mostly from green olives – the flavour profile displays complex fruitiness, green herbaceous characters and a peppery finish. Normally it takes approximately 7kg of their olives to make 1 litre of oil, this season it has taken around 16kg to make 1 litre of olio nuovo so it's extra special and also extra flavoursome! 

If you haven't had the pleasure of tasting freshly pressed olive oil before, you might not be aware that straight off the press and still cloudy, the flavours of the oil are amazingly vibrant and fruity. Oil is best fresh! Heat, light, oxygen and time degrade the quality of olive oil from the moment it is pressed. Olio nuovo is the freshest oil you will get without pressing your own! 

The Mathews family is always excited to taste the first of the new oil (olio nuovo) and they love sharing this delicious experience with our customers and friends! Grampians Olive Co is offering you Free Shipping on their stall right now!*

Tell us about your 2018 harvest? 

This year is a bumper harvest for us, helped by good rain at the right time in Spring. Like most farms in harvest mode we are working 7 days a week around the clock get it picked and pressed! Although the hours can be demanding, we have a great little team and find relieving the trees of their heavy load and tasting the freshly pressed oil very satisfying.  Our low-touch approach to oil production – cold pressed on farm within hours of harvest, unfiltered, unrefined – produces unique oil with beautifully balanced flavours.

Why is Grampians Olive Co. Toscana EVOO so unique? 

Established in 1943 and 100% family owned and operated by the Mathews, we are one of Australia's oldest olive groves. Heritage trees, dryland organic farming, a Mediterranean growing climate and a passion for quality combine to create our olive oils. We are the Grampians’ leading olive producer, renowned for producing some of the best organic olive oil in Australia.

Organic farming, a unique mix of rare varieties, the right climate and the age of our olive trees are what create the unique flavour of our oil. True to our philosophy of quality over quantity, we undertake every process from tree to bottle with great care. Our 28,000 olive trees are low-density planted in the traditional 10 x 10m layout.  Our grove is certified organic and dryland farmed, meaning it relies solely on rainfall with absolutely no irrigation, producing a low yield of oil beautifully concentrated in flavour. Our heritage olive trees are a mix of traditional and rare olive varieties such as Verdale, Bouquettier and Benito. While these varieties produce a low yield the flavour and quality of the oil produced is exceptional, enhanced by the age of the trees. 

What is special about your EVOO?
First review about the 2017 harvest Grampians Olive Co. EVOO: "It arrived at work, 4 casks and it was a Friday. Decided to share one with the team. I began to pour and the wonderful fresh green olive scent began to make everyone giddish with anticipation. Some fresh baguette, everyone soaked their piece and wow - what a flavor ! Thank you team Grampians Olive Co!!! a fantastic taste experience :) this will be our annual ritual." 

Buy yours now Grampians Olive Co is offering you Free Shipping until midnight 06/05/17 AEST.