The SA Olive Industry Association wishes to thank all participants, organisers, judges and sponsors for making the 2021 SA Olive Awards and Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Awards two successful events.
The 16th SA Olive Awards took place on Thursday, 9th of September 2021 and brought in a total of 113 Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) entries from 46 producers.
All 113 EVOOs were rigorously and professionally assessed and judged. The judging took place via an extensive five-day blind tasting led by professional Taster and Panel Leader, Dr Aldo Mazzini from Italy. He was joined by five local tasters and judges: Reni Hildenbrand; Jackie Loubser; Benedetta Lami; Marlene Loubser; and Michelle Kruger. The event was sponsored by leading manufacturers of olive oil extraction equipment Amenduni, MORI-TEM and Pieralisi.
The highest-scoring gold medal winners from the SA Olive Awards were then entered into a further round of judging and the top ten EVOOs were selected for the prestigious Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Awards, which took place on the 15th of October 2021. All present at the event were treated to a tasting of the twenty finalist EVOOs before the winners were announced.
Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Awards winners
Willow Creek: Willow Creek Directors Reserve EVOO
Lions Creek: Lions Creek Karoo Blend EVOO
De Rustica Olive Estate: De Rustica Estate Collection Frantoio