Monte Marcello, depicted on the front label, is owned by Giulio Bertrand and is built around the tower that dates back to the 12th Century. The home is situated in Liguria, on the border with Tuscany. Ligurian olives are the inspiration for this late harvest variety in the range of Morgenster’s exceptional extra virgin olive oils. Inspired by a traditional practice of the oil growers of Liguria, Giulio has brought this time-honoured custom to South Africa.
The production will always be small and exclusive and only in years when mother nature intervenes as she is wont to do. The Ligurian olives used to make this oil have a strange habit of occasionally maturing much later than normal; around July/August in South Africa. The late ripening of the olives produces a pale gold olive oil with a distinct sweetness and soft velvety mouth feel. The oil reminds Giulio of the olives that surround his home, Monte Marcello, hence it carries its name proudly and with distinction.
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|Nose||The first whiff is of fresh very ripe olives. By warming the oil slightly with your hand the secondary aromas of sweet ripe apples and toasted almonds will become more evident.|
|Tasting Note||When tasting an olive oil, you should put enough oil in your mouth to roll around your mouth and cover your tongue. To get the most off the palate, suck some air into your mouth to aspirate the oil – this will allow you to notice the flavours of the individual component oils. You will also notice the consistency of the oil. The Monte Marcello Extra Virgin Olive Oil will present you with sweet creamy flavours, toasted almonds and creamed honey. It is a delicate oil that leaves you with a very clean finish. As you swallow the oil you will notice the soft, velvet and creamy feel on the roof of your mouth with hints of vanilla and halva. These distinct soave characteristics are true of the very late harvest olives originating in Liguria.|
|Region & Altitude||Somerset West , 50m - 235m|
|Production Method||Continuous extraction using a state of the art Pieralisi press|
|Analysis||Acidity less than 0.8%|
|Serving Suggestion||This is a delicate oil; perfect to combine with delicately flavoured ingredients; think butter lettuce as opposed to rocket, ice-cream made with this olive oil will produce spectacular results, drizzle over your favourite fish, preferably grilled and delicately spiced, trickle generously over freshly picked, warm, ripe tomatoes and of course perfect with your favourite Italian crusty bread. Mmmmmmm! Monte Marcello is Kosher Certified Pour it, don’t store it!|
Flos Olei is a successor to L'Extravergine, an annual Guide last published in 2009 after nine editions, also edited by Marco Oreggia. www.flosolei.com
Los Angeles International Olive Awards
This is one of the premier olive oil competitions in the world, bringing together the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in awarding medals to the best oils from around the globe. Northern and southern hemisphere judging is done separately to ensure that international extra virgin olive oils are judged at their freshest and best quality. www.laoliveoilcomp.com
Terra Olivo Israel
The Terra Olivo competition held annually in Jerusalem since 2010 is organized to award the best extra virgin olive oils from all over the world; promote the nutritional benefits of olive oils to consumers; encourage the international market to notice the exceptional qualities of olive oils produced by different countries; promote and make perceptible olive oil markets in the Mediterranean and the rest of the world; increase the international consumption of olive oils. www.terraolivo.org
SA Olive Awards:
L'Orciolo d'Oro, Italy:
The L'Orciolo d'Oro competition is held annually under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and organised by the Enohobby Club dei Colli Malatestiani with a panel of international tasters. The name refers to a terracotta jar used in the past to store oil. The jars are now awarded as trophies. Morgenster was the first South African extra virgin olive oil to win the L'Orciolo d'Oro award in 1999 when the competition was opened to international producers. Morgenster has subsequently received an award each year it has entered. www.enohobby.it
L'Extravergine was an annual Guide to the best certified quality olive oil in the world, last published in 2009 after nine editions, and edited by Marco Oreggia. It was succeeded by Oreggia's annual Flos Olei Guide.
Sol is the most important international exhibition dedicated to quality extra virgin olive oil, providing an opportunity for buyers and producers to meet each year. www.sol-verona.com