River Estate Products
2023 Oils are listed below vary from smooth to medium intensity to a stronger bolder taste.
High polyphenols are generally a reflection of the amount of 'greenness' in the fruit when it is harvested. However, this year they are more milder due the incessant rain over the summer and Autumn. No polyphenol testing was carried out on 2023 oils.
These olive varieties are mostly grown and processed on our estate in Whitford, Auckland, New Zealand.
Chemlali (North Africa) -very mild
This olive oil is classified as Virgin Olive Oil
A North African variety originating from Algeria, which produces very small fruit.
The oil starts off smooth . It finish's very softly.
Recommended for cooking, as flavour not dominant.
Leccino (Italy) - medium intensity
A popular Italian variety
This oil starts with a hint of ripe banana, very smooth and buttery. Finish's with a very good peppery flavour.
Excellent with most meats and excellent drizzled over salads
Silver medal - Oliveti Olive oil Awards 2023
A jar of Olives is $10.00 for 200 grams of net drained weight. For the 2020 season we have a limited supply due to seasonal influences and limited quantity of quality of olives. The olives are all cured by the natural fermentation process. The natural fermentation process takes 6-12 months to complete the process. They are soaked in a brine solution until ready to package.
You will notice that we are referencing the previous year for table olives. That is because of the time it takes for natural curing to take place.
At River Estate we grow the following varieties of table olives:
- Manzanillo (Spain)
- Kalamata (Greece)
- Picual (Spain)
River Estate Dukkah
Dukkah originates from an old traditional Middle Eastern food. It was developed by camel drivers after the day's journey, roasting nuts, spices and seeds, then crushing and eating with bread lavishly dipped in olive oil. It is also known as Zatar amongst some Middle Eastern countries.
River Estate Dukkah will give you a new total taste experience as all the different nuts, spices and seeds flavours vibrantly excite taste buds when you dip your favourite bread in River Estate Extra Virgin olive oil and Dukkah. What makes River Estate Dukkah unique is the very low level of salt in our dukkah mix with no added preservatives or anti -caking agents.
However, Dukkah is not just limited to dipping with olive oil and bread. It has many other uses like sprinkling on salads, soups and most meats and fish when cooking. It can be placed in pita bread and used when stuffing meat fillets.
Our Dukkah has been rigorously tested for 12 months alongside our olive oil tastings. The results have been overwhelmingly positive, with comments like; "this the best Dukkah I have ever tried" and "When can we get it? The sooner the better!"
Warning -our Dulkkah contains sesame seeds and nuts.
Tuscan Blend (Italy) - medium intensity
A blend of three popular Italian varieties - Leccino, Pendolino and Frantoio.
This is only blend that River Estate does regularly, due its popular demand.
Represents a good European flavour.
This oil starts off very smooth and mildly fruity. Slowly finishes with a gentle peppery finish.
Excellent drizzled over salads and for cooking with red or white meats eg chicken and fish.
Frantoio (Italy) Our strongest oil this year
A very popular Italian variety
The oil starts off strongly with a hint of citrus flavour. The oil finishes with a good peppery finish.
An extremely popular oil.
Excellent with Dukkah, dipping with breads or strong cheeses. will also complement red meats.
Silver medal - Oliveti Olive Oil Awards 2023
Koroneiki (Greece) - mild intensity
This oil is classified as Virgin Olive oil
A Greek variety that produces very small fruit which is difficult to pick.
The oil starts slowly with a hint of herbaceous flavours, finishing with a hint green tea flavours
The oil has a hint only of peppery finish.
Recommended for all cooking and delicate flavoured meats.
Picual (Spain) - medium intensity
A popular Spanish variety that is usually late to ripen.
This year the oil starts off slowly with its green capsicum peppers flavour. The oil finishes with a slight peppery flavour.
Thi oil is much milder than previous years oils.
Recommended for dipping, and cooking with red meat and venison.