Number of Trees: 18,000
Terroir/Soils: Dry Karoo river veld with sandy loam soils. Irrigation on demand
Cultivars Grown: Frantoio, Coratina, Leccino, FS17
CTC Member: Yes
Buy Online: Yes
Other Products: Soap, balm, mosquito balm, lip balm
Tasting: By appointment
The oil is a delicate blend. The aroma is definite and rotund, rich in hints of rosemary and sage together with notes of almond and ripe walnut. The taste is strong and nutty with distinct notes of artichoke, creamed spinach and black pepper. The oil is well rounded, balanced with good fruitiness, medium bitterness and pungency. Suitable for all cooking; perfect drizzled over meat, chicken and fish and the perfect addition to salads, vegetables and soups on serving. Winner of local and International awards since 2010.
History & Culture
Rio Largo is owned by Nick and Brenda Wilkinson and comprises olive orchards, vines, an olive nursery and a modern Oliomio olive processing plant. A blend of three cultivars, (Frantoio, Leccino and Coratina) all hand harvested between March and July, pressed within hours of picking and stored separately in nitrogen-sealed stainless steel tanks to maintain freshness. Oils are individually tasted before blending to achieve a mild, slightly peppery, fruity and flavoursome oil. Rio Largo adopts biological farming methods for sustainable agriculture by “putting back more than you take out”. Success at Rio Largo is not negotiable, perfection is an understatement and the customer is king.
Gold – SAO (delicate) – Gold
Silver – SAO (medium) – Medium
Silver – SAO (intense) – Premium
Silver – NY IOOC (medium) – Premium
Gold – Olive Japan (medium) – Premium
Bronze – London IOOC (medium) – Premium