What a treat. It’s not often you visit friends and be the first to sample freshly pressed Martinborough produced olive oil. Nothing matches produce that’s grown, harvested and this case, processed locally. No middle man, no fancy marketing or packaging, just pure fruit of the earth stored in a large plastic container in a dark corner out the back of the kitchen.
Louise Rolleston and Maarten Wevers harvested 180 kilograms of olives off their trees this year. And what a thrill to taste it. I’m no professional olive oil taster. I have since learnt that had I been, I would have eaten a slice of apple because the slight acidity is perfect for cleansing the palate. I was happy to ignore those protocols and tuck in. It was irrestibly good. The colour a light grassy green, and the smoothness and buttery taste made this as good as anything the Mediterranean can offer us.