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Another Successful Season in 2017

The olives were very slow to ripen in 2017. We started harvesting in April, and didn't finish until late June. Even then, we left a lot of olives on the trees, as we were rather tired of the whole process, at that stage!

The oils are slightly different this year. Perhaps a bit less pungent, and with slightly more bitterness than in earlier years. SO, this years out Frantoio oil tends a bit more towards the delicate style, while the Picual and Estate Blend are medium to robust styles.

Regardless, we managed to win gold medals for our Picual (again), and our Frantoio (again). We also won silver medals for our Estate Blend, which, this year,  is a blend of Frantoio, Leccino, and Barnea.

The harvest was our biggest yet, and we have a lot more oil to sell than in previous years.

Overall, we are very happy with the 2017 harvest. The products are very high quality, and, most importantly, they are awesomely tasty!

Best of Show Reserve Champion and More Gold in 2016!

 

We're celebrating after winning the Trophy for Best of Show, at the 2016 Australian Food Awards (AFA) for our Maluka Estate Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Picual is a Spanish olive variety renowned for harmony and complexity. Our oils won a total of seven medals, including 3 gold and two silver medals.

We were thrilled to win so many gold medals, but we were absolutely blown away to take out the Trophy for Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil of Show. This achievement really confirms that all the hard work is paying off and our products really are of the highest possible standard.

Double celebrations are in order, with the same 2016 Picual also winning the trophy for Reserve Champion Oil, a gold medal for medium style oil, and a silver medal for single Italian varietal oil at the 2016 National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.

Also at the National Competition, we won a further two gold and four silver medals.

The 2016 results build on the success of the 2015 harvest, which won Champion Boutique Oil , along with two gold and two silver medals, at the RASV Fine Food Awards (the predecessor to the Australian Fine Food Awards). The 2015 oils also won trophies at the 2015 National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, taking out Australian Reserve Champion Oil, and Victorian Champion Oil, along with two gold and two silver medals.

The Otways are producing amazing food and wines. We are so proud to be part of this incredibly vibrant region. Our products are available from many of our friends on The Otway Harvest Trail, as well as online and from selected retailers listed on our website.

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Gold! Gold! Gold!

The hard work and patience of family and friends has been rewarded by amazing Show results for 2015. Every variant of Maluka Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil won both gold and silver medals, while the Family Reserve (blend) won the trophy for Champion Boutique Oil at the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, 2015.

The Maluka Estate label was only launched this year, after two years of concerted olive grove rejuvenation.

Our award harvest for the 2015 harvest includes:

 

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, 2015:

  • Maluka Estate Family Reserve – Trophy – best boutique oil, and nominated for best Victorian product.
  • Maluka Estate Family Reserve – Gold medal, Robust style, small volume (<5,000 litres).
  • Maluka Estate Leccino – Gold, Micro volume oil.
  • Maluka Estate Picual – Silver medal, single estate oil.
  • Maluka Estate Frantoio – Silver medal, single estate oil.

Australian Olive Association, 19th National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, 2015:

  • Maluka Estate family Reserve – Silver medal, Medium style.
  • Maluka Estate Leccino – Gold medal, Medium style.
  • Maluka Estate Picual – Silver medal - Medium style.
  • Maluka Estate Frantoio – Gold medal, Medium style.

We purchased the property at Old Lorne Rd, in Deans Marsh, in 2013, without any background in olive growing. The “small retirement interest” has become more of an obsession.

Thanks go to Judy and Andrew Goddard, who had the foresight to locate this property and plant the trees, back in 2001. Their restaurant and gallery, Old Lorne Road Olives, was a huge success with locals and tourists alike. The downside, was that this didn't allow time for both restaurant and olive trees. Naturally the public came first, while the trees kept growing – bigger, and bigger!

Since our purchase in 2013, we have given almost full-time attention to the trees. Surgery, the odd dose of medicine, and lashings of organic food have seen a rejuvenation of the olive grove. The restaurant is closed for now, but may reopen ”one day” if we can find a suitable operator.

While the olives are grown on the Estate, they are pressed at Camilo Olives in Teasdale, outside Geelong. The idea of entering Maluka Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil into competitions had not even been considered, until Joan McGovern, the owner of Camilo Olives, suggested entering the Royal Melbourne Show because - “you make really good olive oil”. Joan knows her olive oil, and she was quite right. Well done to the girls at Camilo.

Who would have expected this? Certainly not us!

Many thanks go out to all of those involved in this labour of love. Your efforts have not been in vain.

Multi award Winner at the 2015 royal melbourne fine food Awards

Owner Michael Coates accepting an award at the 2015 Melbourne Fine Foods Awards

Maluka Estate, in its debut appearance at the Melbourne Fine Food Awards, won the trophy for best boutique oil, and was awarded multiple Gold and Silver medals for all four of its entrants. The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is Australia's premium fine food event, rewarding and recognising excellence.

Maluka Estate was also nominated in the final five, for 2015 Victorian fine food product of the year.

Michael Coates and Anne Mutimer, purchased the property, in 2013, after selling their acoustic technology business of 35 years, in 2012. They then set out to apply their engineering and business skills to horticulture, and the production of high grade olive oil. The Maluka Estate label was launched in 2015, after the new season harvest.

Only two years later, the trees have responded to the unpaid labour of family and friends, applications of organic fertiliser, and serious surgery, with a four-fold increase in production of superior quality olive fruit. The fruit is cold pressed in small batches for premium quality.

Awards for Maluka Estate at the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, 2015, include:

  • Maluka Estate Family Reserve – Trophy – best boutique oil.
  • Maluka Estate Family Reserve – Gold medal, Robust style, small volume (<5,000 litres).
  • Maluka Estate Leccino – Gold, Micro volume oil (<200 litres).
  • Maluka Estate Picual – Silver medal, single estate oil.
  • Maluka Estate Frantoio – Silver medal, single estate oil.

The Champion trophy winners for the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Award Spring categories were announced at an exclusive event In the Master Chef Kitchen at the Royal Melbourne Show-grounds, on Thursday 3 September. Full results are available on the RASV website at rasv.com.au.

The spring categories were judged over the month of July, with awards given to Australian producers entered in categories including Branded Beef, Branded Lamb, Bread and Baked Goods, Dairy, Delicatessen, Free Range Eggs, Preserves, Ice-Cream, Gelato and Sorbet, Sheep, Goat Buffalo, and of course Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Visitors to the 2015 Royal Melbourne Show, held from Saturday, 19 September to Tuesday, 29 September 20 will have the chance to experience award-winning produce from the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards, in the Winning Tastes Pavilion.