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.