Situated in the picturesque Upper Murray region
of south-eastern Australia, John and Margaret Webster's grove of
1500 trees was planted in 1999 and has been producing high quality
oil since 2003. The grove is located on a cattle property that has
been operating since the 1830s.
With views of the Snowy Mountains and frontage
to the Murray River, the grove is in an ideal geographic location
to produce excellent fruit. The cold winter and hot summer temperatures
provide the climatic conditions for their distinctive oils. With
six varieties of olives grown, the oils are produced from a combination
of varieties when each variety is at its optimum ripeness.
Upper Murray Olives Harvest 2012
This year for the first time we contracted EV Olives to pick and process the crop.
Picking took place over three days in late May by 'shaking machine' and the olives were transported daily to EV Olives press at Markwood, nr Wangaratta, Victoria for processing. A total of 13 tonnes were picked.
1300 litres of oil was produced of which we have had some decanted in 20 L containers. It is hoped that the rest may be sold in bulk to China through EV Olives. Thanks to EV Olives for assisting us with the harvest.
The resulting oil is fruity of medium intensity and was produced from mainly corregiolo, frantoio, paragon and some leccino varieties.
Margaret and John Webster