Hot off the Press...we are delighted to announce Olea has cleaned up the Easter Show Olive Oil 2013 Awards.
Olea Extra Virgin Olive has been awarded the Supreme Champion Award 2013 as well as Gold Champion in its class.
The Auckland Easter Show is pleased to announce the winners of their annual Easter Show Olive Oil Awards for 2013, with Kay and Charles Chinnaiyah, Olea Estate, Featherston, taking out the Supreme Champion Award and the Logan Campbell Trophy with their Gold Medal winning Olea Naturae extra virgin olive oil. Olea also won Class 2 Medium: ‘ Olea Naturae’ .
Judged on September 5th, the Easter Show Olive Oil Awards is a consumer-focussed competition featuring only product from olives grown and processed in New Zealand. All entries must be available for sale here, and must be extra virgin oil representing production batches of at least 50 litres.
A total of 3 Gold medals, 12 Silver and 20 Bronze were awarded this year from a record number of olive oil and table olive entries. Judges included leading oils and fats specialist Dr Laurence Eyres, olive oil researcher Associate Professor Marie Wong from Massey University, food writer and food judge Pip Duncan and highly regarded chef Anton Leyland.
Chief judge Laurence Eyres commented: ‘Unlike previous seasons where fruitiness was slightly lacking, this year’s oils showed a good balance between fruitiness, pungency and bitterness. The field was very tight and there were only minor differences between most of the oils judged. A small number of oils were ruled out because defects were detected.’