Monovarietal olive made from green olives characterised by soft aromas, particularly apple, corresponding to the characteristic features of the Galega, the most emblematic variety of olive in Portugal.
2018, ‘Feira Nacional de Olivicultura’ (National olive-growing fair) Virgin Olive Oil Contest, Galega Category – Gold Medal
We selected the best traditional producers of the Galega variety in Alentejo, where olive growing has existed for generations and many olive trees are over 100 years old. They are laid out with wide spaces between the trees, which are of large size. The production system used is Integrated Production, which is based on more environmentally sustainable growing practices and the use of fauna to assist in the control of pests and diseases that affect the olive tree.
This harvest began two weeks earlier than last year. The hot weather and rain absence raised concerns regarding olive caliber and dehydration, especially in the non-irrigated olive groves. Since the Galega variety in the Alentejo is mostly non- irrigated, the supplier’s selection and an early harvest were crucial to obtain a high quality olive oil. The harvest took place between October and the first two weeks of November.
The olives of the Galega variety are transported and received at the Esporão oil mill in Reguengos de Monsaraz, a few hours after harvest, and are immediately processed.
Extraction begins with the rapid milling of the fruit. Following milling, the resulting pulp is subjected to a short threshing at a very low temperature so as to permit the release of the oil from the pulp cells and to preserve the characteristic flavours of this variety, which characterise this olive oil.
The pulp continues to the decanter, where the olive oil is separated from the olive press-cake and water, resulting in an olive oil that still contains some moisture and impurities. The olive oil is cleaned by means of centrifugation and immediately filtered and then packaged.
Very fragrant olive oil with aromas of fresh fruit, and intense hints of apple, delicate floral touches and citrus notes.
Sweet, slightly bitter and a mild spice; harmonious with a persistent and nutty finish.
Olive oil with smooth organoleptic characteristics, suitable to complement food with intense flavours. Ideal for seasoning fruit salads, grilled pineapple, steamed vegetables, delicate fish and ice cream.
To better preserve the characteristics of this natural olive oil, storage in a cool place protected from light is recommended.
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