Guaranteed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mardouw produces award-winning, guaranteed extra virgin olive oils from the fertile soils of Swellendam in South Africa.

 

Awards

 
2021 | The Mardouw Medium EVOO was awarded Platinum (!) at the London International Olive Oil Competition (read more) and Silver at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition in New York. The Mardouw XXV Intense and Premium Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil were awarded GOLD at the 2021 SA Olive Awards.

2020 | ABSA Top10 and Gold at the SA Olive Awards 2020 for the Mardouw XXV Intense, and Silver for Mardouw’s Medium EVOO, and Silver at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition in New York.

2019 | Mardouw’s XXV Intense and Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oils were awarded gold at the 2019 SA Olive Awards. The Mardouw Medium EVOO was awarded Gold at the London International Olive Oil Competition 2019, and Gold at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition in New York.

2018 | Mardouw’s XXV Intense Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2018 was included in the ten best extra virgin olive oils in South Africa, at the 2018 Absa Top 10.

2018 | Double Gold at the SA Olive Awards 2018: Mardouw’s 2018 Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded Gold in the category “Medium”, and Mardouw’s XXV Intense EVOO 2018 was awarded Gold in the category “Intense”.

2017 | Mardouw’s XXV Intense EVOO 2017 was included in the ten best extra virgin olive oils in South Africa, at the 2017 Absa Top 10.

2017 | Double Gold at the SA Olive Awards 2017: Mardouw’s 2017 Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded Gold in the category “Medium”, and Mardouw’s XXV Intense EVOO 2017 was awarded Gold in the category “Intense”.

2016 | Mardouw’s 2016 Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded Silver in the category “Medium” at the annual SA Olive Awards.

2015 | Mardouw’s 2015 Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded Silver at the annual SA Olive Awards.

2014 | Mardouw’s 2014 Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded Silver at the annual SA Olive Awards.

South Africa's Number 1 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 

Mediterranean climate and soil conditions at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa and blending of the best cultivars, gentle hand harvesting at optimal ripeness and careful cold extraction within 24 hours after harvest, ensure the unique, fruity characteristics of Mardouw Olive Estate’s premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This delicious oil is excellent for dressing salads and a healthy alternative to other oils in the kitchen.
 

For the consumer this means:

  • The producer confirms that the content is 100% South African.
  • The oil is completely natural and unadulterated, with no additives, preservatives, colouring or flavouring added.
  • The oil is free of any defects – not rancid, winey, musty, fusty etc.
  • The oil has a measure of fruitiness
  • The oil has harmony & balance
  • The oil has gone through a chemical analysis.
  • The year of harvest will be prominently displayed, indicating the freshness of the oil.
  • The producer is committed to the standards set in the SA Olive Codes of Practice, which are based on international quality standards.
  • Honest and transparent labelling – if the label states that the content is Extra Virgin, the producer verifies that the content is in fact Extra Virgin and not Virgin, or a Refined Olive Oil.

Olive oil is only Extra Virgin if the free fatty “oleic” acid content is below 0,8%. That’s the international standard, promulgated by the International Olive Council. Mardouw’s lab results return consistently remarkably low values: 0.24% FFA and 4.0 meq/kg PV for XXV, and 0.37% FFA and 6.0 meq/kg PV for EVOO

Virgin olive oils are the oils obtained from the fruit of the olive tree (Olea europaea L. ) solely by mechanical or other physical means under conditions, particularly thermal conditions, that do not lead to alterations in the oil, and which have not undergone any treatment other than washing, decantation, centrifugation and filtration.