Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil achieves 98% in FlosOlei 2014 - one of the top 11 oils in the world

Friday, 6 December, 2013
Morgenster Estate
Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded the top score of 98 points out of a possible 100 in the Flos Olei 2014 competition which assesses the world’s best olive oils.
Morgenster Estate also received the “Made with Love” award in the section listing the world’s 20 best farms in the accompanying FlosOlei 2014 - a guide to the world of extra virgin olive oil (

Giulio Bertrand, owner of the Somerset West farm,went to Rome to accept the award on 1 December and commented: “In last year’s FlosOlei we were excited to achieve 97 out of 100 for the fourth year in a row. But that year FlosOlei awarded 98 points for the first time so we set a higher objective.

“This year, being one of only 11 oil producers in the world to achieve 98/100, the highest score ever bestowed on an oil by such a top international panel of judges, makes me very proud to bring this award home to South Africa.” The other ten farms are in Spain (two), Italy (seven) and Chile (one).

Bertrand said that the combination of Italian trees and expertise, an exceptional South African terroir and a rigid approach to quality at every stage of production has enabled Morgenster to achieve this level of excellence.

Flavour profile
Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil bursts with multiple layers of flavour, the result of blending oils from 14 different Italian cultivars grown, extracted and bottled on the Morgenster Estate.

FlosOlei’s description: “We recommend the Extra Virgin Morgenster, which is an intense limpid golden yellow colour with slight green hues.
Its aroma is definite and elegant, rich in vegetal hints of freshly mown grass, artichoke and chicory, together with distinct notes of mint and rosemary.
Its taste is full and strong, with a flavour of thistle, lettuce and black pepper. Bitterness and pungency are distinct and balanced, with a sweet almond finish.
It would be ideal on steamed beans, tomato salads, marinated salmon, vegetables au gratin, chanterelle mushroom soups, risotto with artichokes, stewed shellfish, roast fish, baked rabbit, grilled poultry, goat cheese”.

FlosOlei 2014 is an annual international 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. It is also an international competition involving an assessment of olive oils done by a panel of expert tasters under the coordination of Marco Oreggia ( 

The Estate’s wines and olive products are exported around the world. On their labels they feature the Morning Star within a scallop shell as depicted on the front gable of the Estate’s manor house.