Mardouw 1st prize Marco Zichella Awards (Intense)

The 16th annual olive oil competition in memory of Marco Zichella took place recently and the winners were announced in Stellenbosch on Saturday 28 October.
This prize was instituted in 2002 by Marco Zichella’s wife Piera and his daughter Benedetta to honour his vision and his passion for olive oil.
The judges, Reni Hildenbrand, Louise Rabie, Nico Loubser, Gert Van Dyk and Benedetta Lami, were delighted with the quality of the oils, more confirmation that South Africa is produing olive oils which can compete with the best internationally.
The oils were evaluated and awarded prizes based on the perception of positive characteritics, with emphasis on attributes such as harmony (balance) and complexity. The prize-giving ceremony took place at benedetta’s home in Stellemnbosch, in an atmosphere of true Italian hospitality and friendship.
The three winners in the different categories each received a hand painted ceramic plate, with the Zichella family crest (…) Intense category: 1st prize: Mardouw Premium XXV Intense (Swellendam) (…) {Copyright: Eikestad Nuus}

Marco Zichella