Australians Build on A Good Harvest to Triumph in New York

Producers from Australia earned their third-highest number of awards at this year's World Competition.

By Lisa Anderson
Jun. 15, 2022 12:19 UTC

Part of our con­tin­u­ing spe­cial cov­er­age of the 2022 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

Thirteen turned out to be a lucky num­ber for Australian pro­duc­ers who com­bined to earn nine Gold Awards and four Silver Awards at the tenth edi­tion of the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.

The vic­to­ries came after the country’s pro­duc­ers cel­e­brated a fruit­ful har­vest in 2022, with many pro­duc­ers enjoy­ing bet­ter cli­matic con­di­tions than in pre­vi­ous years, but still fac­ing chal­lenges related to labor.

This is vin­di­ca­tion for 30 years in the indus­try… We will be shout­ing from the rooftop about this, and I am sure it will help con­firm our place as a pre­mium pro­ducer of world-class extra vir­gin olive oil.- Richard Seymour, gen­eral man­ager, Mount Zero Olives

The AOOA is pleased to see an increase in the num­ber of locally-pro­duced oils entered in the com­pe­ti­tion and being rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­ally,” Jan Jacklin, the gen­eral man­ager of the Australian Olive Oil Association, told Olive Oil Times. The AOOA is heart­ened to see con­sump­tion of olive oil increas­ing in Australia and the cat­e­gory grow­ing over­all.”

The Australian Olive Oil Association (AOA) is excited that from 20 Australian entries into the NYIOOC, 13 Awards — nine Golds and four Silvers — were awarded,” added Michael Southan, the chief exec­u­tive direc­tor at the Australian Olive Association (AOA).

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We con­grat­u­late the Australian olive oil pro­duc­ers who entered the com­pe­ti­tion and those who came away with awards,” Southan added. It was also pleas­ing to see Cobram Estate Olives win Gold and Silver Awards for olive oils from their Australian and U.S. groves.”

Boundary Bend, Australia’s largest olive oil pro­ducer, was among the coun­try’s biggest win­ners. The Victoria-based pro­ducer of Cobram Estate olive oils earned four awards for their medium-inten­sity oils, includ­ing three Golds.

The Gold Awards were earned for the company’s Coratina and Picual mono­va­ri­etals and its Koroneiki blend. In addi­tion, the com­pany won a Silver Award for its Frantoio blend.

We are thrilled with the results and incred­i­bly proud that the qual­ity and con­sis­tency of our extra vir­gin olive oils are rec­og­nized as some of the best in the world,” Leandro Ravetti, Cobram Estate’s co-CEO and chief oil maker, told Olive Oil Times. To receive recog­ni­tion on an inter­na­tional stage at the NYIOOC is the great­est honor.”

It puts a spot­light on all the hard work, expe­ri­ence, pre­ci­sion and pas­sion we put into cre­at­ing every bot­tle of extra vir­gin olive oil,” he added. At Cobram Estate, we are pas­sion­ate about every sin­gle olive, and this inspires every­thing we do.”

Ravetti said the company’s har­vest was quite a unique one. We expe­ri­enced a very favor­able wet win­ter, fol­lowed by a mod­er­ate sum­mer with above-aver­age rain­fall dur­ing the oil accu­mu­la­tion process,” he said.

Ravetti added that these con­di­tions resulted in excel­lent flesh-to-pit ratios that boosted the bal­ance and fruity fla­vors of their oils.

We com­bined these envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions with our hor­ti­cul­tural and milling exper­tise to make beau­ti­ful and har­mo­nious oils,” he said.


Cape Schanck Olive Estate

Another big win­ner at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion was fel­low-Victorian pro­ducer Cape Schanck Olive Estate. Situated on the south­ern Mornington Peninsula, the com­pany took home three Gold Awards for their del­i­cate Picholine, medium Frantoio and medium Leccino.

We are ecsta­tic with the result as we did not expect the oils to once again stand up to the scrutiny of the judges,” Sui Tham, who co-owns the estate with her hus­band, Stephen, told Olive Oil Times.

We are also relieved that we have man­aged to main­tain a con­sis­tent qual­ity with the oils,” she added. For us per­son­ally, it’s also know­ing that our cus­tomers can trust that they are buy­ing some of the best oils pro­duced that year.”


Tham said they were quite for­tu­nate as the ter­roir of Cape Schanck Estate’s grove allowed their har­vest to pro­ceed irre­spec­tive of the weather.

Our chal­lenge was max­i­miz­ing the har­vest with­out dam­ag­ing the trees using the mechan­i­cal har­vester, as the wet weather soft­ened the trunks and increased the risk of dam­age,” she said.

Tham added that the awards rec­og­nize Cape Schanck extra vir­gin olive oils as among the best avail­able and that some of the best palates have enjoyed their oil.

We don’t see other olive oil pro­duc­ers as com­pe­ti­tion, as there are many won­der­ful pro­duc­ers around in Australia,” she said.

Another Victorian pro­ducer, Mount Zero Olives, was another Gold Award recip­i­ent at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, earn­ing the acco­lade for its medium-inten­sity Frantoio.


The family behind Mount Zero Olives

The com­pa­ny’s gen­eral man­ager, Richard Seymour, said he is very excited about win­ning the award.

This is vin­di­ca­tion for 30 years in the indus­try and the ben­e­fit of work­ing with some great part­ners,” he told Olive Oil Times.

Seymour added that the award sets their brand apart. He said being pre­pared to har­vest early, pro­cess­ing at lower tem­per­a­tures and focus­ing on qual­ity rather than quan­tity are fac­tors that make Mount Zero’s olives stand out.

However, he added that hav­ing the oils ready for the May 1 judg­ing dead­line was a chal­lenge.

We only started har­vest­ing fruit in late April, and the sea­son is still going here,” he said. We will be shout­ing from the rooftop about this, and I am sure it will help con­firm our place as a pre­mium pro­ducer of world-class extra vir­gin olive oil.”

In terms of sales, we hope that this will lead to some great export inquiries,” Seymour added.


The team at Cockatoo Grove.

Two more Gold Awards were pre­sented to Victorian pro­ducer Cockatoo Grove, which was rec­og­nized for its organic medium blends, an Arbequina and a Picual.

We are thrilled that the efforts of our whole grove team through­out the annual grow­ing and har­vest­ing cycle have been rewarded with these high hon­ors, which put us amongst the best extra vir­gin olive oils in the world,” Tim Dugan, the company’s man­ag­ing direc­tor, told Olive Oil Times.

These awards are val­i­da­tion of the hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and exper­tise we have put into pro­duc­ing our world-class oils and will help build an increased aware­ness amongst retail­ers and con­sumers,” he added.

Dugan said he is proud theirs is the only Australian extra vir­gin olive oil avail­able in the country’s major super­mar­kets grown with cer­ti­fied organic, regen­er­a­tive farm­ing prac­tices.

We are delighted to offer an oil that is truly good for the health of peo­ple, our soil and our envi­ron­ment,” he said. Our har­vest was thank­fully spared of any bad weather events. We had good spring rains and mild weather dur­ing flow­er­ing. Our trees had good cov­er­age, and we enjoyed a frost-free har­vest.”

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