Aus­tralian olive oil.

Be it cook­ing, fin­ish­ing, dress­ing or driz­zling, th­ese five olive oils from our golden soil are up to the chal­lenge.

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1 CAPE SCHANCK OLIVE ES­TATE PICUAL EXTRAVIRGI­N OLIVE OIL

A favourite of Pt Leo Es­tate culi­nary direc­tor Phil Wood, Cape Schanck Olive Es­tate is renowned for its sin­gle-va­ri­ety oils. Picual olives, Spain’s most widely planted cul­ti­var, lend a pleas­ant and per­sis­tent bit­ter­ness to this pow­er­fully scented, pep­pery oil. A lit­tle bit goes a very long way. $21 for 250ml. capeschanc­k­estate.com.au

2 RIO VISTA OLIVES NEVADILLO EX­TRA-VIR­GIN OLIVE OIL

Prim­ing fo­cac­cia for the oven? Sauc­ing a sim­ple spaghetti with gar­lic and chilli? Perfecting that home­made may­on­naise? This but­tery oil is the one for the job. Hints of lemon, baby spinach and to­mato leaf add com­plex­ity, and the mouth-coat­ing tex­ture will re­ally stick with you. $14 for 375ml. ri­o­vis­tao­lives.com.au

3 ALTO DEL­I­CATE EX­TRA-VIR­GIN OLIVE OIL

Father-daughter duo Robert Arm­strong and Westerly Is­baih’s olive oils have taken home tro­phies from all over the world. It may be del­i­cate, but the pu­rity of olive-fruit flavour and smooth, clean fin­ish make this the ul­ti­mate all-pur­pose oil, built for ev­ery kitchen task or any dish on the ta­ble. $14 for 250ml. alto-olives.com.au

4 LENTARA GROVE SYM­PHONY EX­TRA-VIR­GIN OLIVE OIL

This Tas­ma­nian oil’s bright yel­low colour and exotic, trop­i­cal fra­grance demands at­ten­tion. But it’s the sub­tle sweet­ness that re­ally sets it apart. Pol­ish a salad of fresh figs and buf­falo moz­zarella with a few healthy glugs, or up­grade a scoop of fior di latte gelato with a spoon­ful. $20 for 250ml. lentara.com.au

5 PENDLE­TON OLIVE ES­TATE RE­SERVE EX­TRA-VIR­GIN OLIVE OIL

Blended by hand from care­fully se­lected batches off the press, this khaki-green oil show­cases olive trees on South Aus­tralia’s Lime­stone Coast that date back to the late 1800s. Notes of ar­ti­choke, basil and rocket give way to a lin­ger­ing spici­ness that leaves a bold im­pres­sion. $18.95 for 500ml. pendletono­liveestate.com.au

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