Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil rated tops by Flos Olei
For seven years
in a row
Virgin Olive Oil rated tops by Flos Olei
For the seventh
consecutive time Morgenster Estate in Somerset West has been awarded a top score in the authoritative
international Flos Olei guide which assesses the world’s best olive oils. This year the 2016 edition awarded
Morgenster 98 points out of a possible 100.
Bertrand says of his third 98-point score: “For me, this is an early Christmas present and one of which I will
never get bored! Again, we were among a few, only 13 oils achieved 98%. Apart from Morgenster, the other top
oils come from Italy (eight), Spain (three) and Chile (one).”
Flos Olei 2016
description: This farm has been present in our Guide for some years and its growth has been praised and
recognized. Also the present performance is extraordinary and as usual is due to Giulio Bertrand's dedication
and enthusiasm. In 1992 he took over the farm, where wine has been produced for three centuries, and decided to
aim at quality olive growing. Today in the large estate of Somerset West there are 50 hectares of specialized
olive grove with 30,000 trees, which produced 3,000 quintals of olives and 600 hectolitres of oil in the last
harvest. There are two splendid Extra Virgin Morgenster, the "basic" and Don Carlo, which is an intense limpid
green colour with slight golden yellow hues.
profiles: The Flos Olei 2016 guide describes Morgenster Don Carlo, a single cultivar intense oil, as: Its aroma
is definite and elegant, rich in hints of artichoke, chicory and lettuce, with distinct notes of mint, rosemary
and sage. Its taste is full and strong, with a flavour of cinnamon, black pepper and almond. Bitterness is
strong and pungency is distinct.
Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive
Oil bursts with multiple layers of flavour, the result of blending oils from at least 14 different Italian
cultivars grown, extracted and bottled on the Morgenster Estate. The first whiff is intense freshly cut grass with
secondary aromas of green tomatoes, almonds, artichokes and green apples.
About Flos Olei 2016
· Flos Olei is an annual guide
(first edition 2010), which is the first to deal on an international scale with the world’s best extra virgin olive
oils, providing information about the sector and directing readers towards quality. Scoring involves an assessment
of olive oils from both northern and southern hemisphere countries, conducted by a panel of expert tasters under
the coordination of Marco Oreggia (www.marco-oreggia.com). Tasters follow strictly controlled tasting procedures.