Oli de Marges Verd 2L
Vallbona is a land of drystone walls. Known in Catalan as marges, they serve as a support to farming terraces carved into the sides of steep hills and are the testimony to a lively and resilient agricultural past we are striving to uphold. Oli de Marges Verd is keen to reflect that landscape.
This oil is the juice extracted from the still-green olives we harvest in the first few weeks of the season, grown on family-run properties in Corb River Valley and Les Garrigues, with olive trees planted on plots enclosed by drystone walls. It features powerful scents of green and early olives, with a bitter and spicy, almost wild flavour.
An aromatic intensity that gives it the high polyphenol content that boosts the antioxidant properties of this oil. An organic extra virgin olive oil representative of the varietal traits of the Arbequina, the traditional, local variety of this area close to the town of Arbeca, where the name comes from.
ORIGIN: Family-run properties in Corb River Valley and Les Garrigues where organic olive trees are cultivated using traditional methods, mostly dry farming, on plots enclosed by drystone walls.
SOIL: Chalky clay soil of variable depths from the terraces on the sides of the valleys defined by the Maldanell and Corb rivers and the Les Garrigues hills.
CLIMATE: The climate is continental Mediterranean, with cold dry winters and hot summers tempered by the soft evening breeze blowing in from the sea that cools the night. The scarce rainfall is concentrated in autumn and spring (350-450 mm yearly). A climate on the edge, halfway between Mediterranean and continental, that fosters a higher concentration of antioxidants.
Certified organic dry land farming. Early manual harvest.
Oil obtained by mechanical procedures. Cold preparation of the oil (<27ºC), light stirring and centrifugal extraction in two phases. Gently filtered to preserve the organoleptic qualities as much as possible.
2020 harvest: 210 bottles
Farming and oil making
Certified organic dry land olive farming. From the field, we transport the olives to the reception yard in small mesh crates of 11 to 13 kg to keep them under optimal conditions through to manufacture. The olives are ground with a Tuscan hammer mill then stirred briefly (<45 minutes) at a low temperature (22-25ºC) using the cold extraction process. The oil is separated by centrifugation in two phases and later gently filtered. Packaged in small batches and available only in November and December.
Acidity (% oleic acid): <0,15
Polyphenols (mg/kg, ppm): 280-350 ppm
Oleic acid: >70%
Fruitiness of the olive: >5,2
Powerful scents of green and early olives, with a bitter and spicy, almost wild flavour. Fresh registers, the outcome of this greenness, reminiscent of almond, artichoke and fresh grass. Ideal for enjoying straight from the bottle, it also pairs well with food staples like bread, raw or steamed vegetables, white fish and vegetable-based rice or pasta dishes.
Oli de Marges Verd is a seasonal oil. We recommend using it quickly to appreciate all its organoleptic properties.
Guia Peñin 2020: xxx punts
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