If you want the good oil get over to Moama

We will con­tinue to use the right pro­cesses as the grow­ing, prun­ing, ir­ri­ga­tion and care of the olive tree are para­mount if we want to con­tinue to keep the qual­ity up at a medal­win­ning level and im­prove

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

MUR­RAY Gums Es­tate has only been pro­duc­ing olive oil for a few years and it has al­ready re­ceived two bronze medals.

The bou­tique Moama olive grove won the medals for its Fran­toio ex­tra vir­gin olive oil at the 2018 Royal Ade­laide Olive Awards (Class 1 Prove­nance) on Wed­nes­day night, as well as last month’s Aus­tralian Golden Olive Awards in Ruther­glen.

Own­ers Dale and An­gela Bowles said they were rapt with the achieve­ment.

‘‘We were re­ally ex­cited be­cause we have worked hard to get feed­back on the qual­ity of our oil,’’ he said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one who buys it says how good it is but how do you re­ally know un­less you en­ter these kinds of awards and get a gauge on where we sit among other olive grow­ers.

‘‘The key is to pick­ing it and press­ing it the same day.’’

Mr Bowles planted 330 olive trees at his Per­ri­coota Rd vine­yard five years ago, us­ing only tra­di­tional farm­ing meth­ods.

‘‘Pre­dom­i­nantly I planted them to line the drive­way to give the vine­yard a wind break,’’ he said.

‘‘They are hand pruned and hand picked, us­ing nets and comb­ing it by hand. No ma­chin­ery is used.

‘‘We will con­tinue to use the right pro­cesses as the grow­ing, prun­ing, ir­ri­ga­tion and care of the olive tree are para­mount if we want to con­tinue to keep the qual­ity up at a medal­win­ning level and im­prove.’’

Dur­ing the last sea­son, the Bowles har­vested 200 trees which pro­duced 21⁄ tonne of olives — mak­ing just un­der 600 litres of oil.

‘‘We are lim­ited to what we have here and we have no room to plant more,’’ Mr Bowles said.

‘‘Our goal is not to go to farm­ers mar­kets but work closely with bou­tique shops and lo­cal restau­rants and have chefs us­ing it.’’

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RE­WARDED: Mur­ray Gums Es­tate own­ers An­gela and Dale Bowles won a bronze medal for their ex­tra vir­gin olive oil at the 2018 Royal Ade­laide Olive Awards.

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