Monte Marcello, depicted on the
front label, is owned by Giulio Bertrand, and is built around the tower that
dates back to the 12th Century. The home is situated in
Liguria, on the border with Tuscany. Ligurian olives are the inspiration for this
addition to the range of Morgenster's exceptional extra virgin olive oils.
Inspired by a traditional practice of the oil growers of Liguria, Giulio has brought this time-honoured custom to South Africa. The
production will always be small and exclusive and only in years when mother
nature intervenes as she is wont to do. The Ligurian olives used to make this oil have a
strange habit of occasionally maturing much later than normal; around
July/August in South Africa. The late ripening of the olives produces a pale
gold olive oil with a distinct sweetness and soft velvety mouth feel. The oil
reminds Giulio of the olives that surround his home, Monte Marcello, hence it will carry
its name proudly and with distinction.
The first whiff is of fresh very
ripe olives. By warming the oil slightly with your hand the secondary aromas of
sweet ripe apples and toasted almonds
will become more evident.
When tasting an olive oil, you
should put enough oil in your mouth to roll around your mouth and cover your
tongue. To get the most off the palate, suck some air into your mouth to
aspirate the oil - this will allow you to notice the flavours of the individual
component oils. You will also notice the consistency of the oil.
The Monte Marcello Extra Virgin
Olive Oil will present you with sweet
creamy flavours, toasted almonds and creamed honey. It is a delicate oil that
leaves you with a very clean finish. As you swallow the oil you will notice the
soft, velvet and creamy feel on the roof of your mouth with hints of vanilla
These distinct soave characteristics are true of the very
late harvest olives originating in Liguria.
500ml - only 3000 bottles produced
Region & Altitude
200m - 235m
Continuous extraction using a state of the art Pieralisi press.
This is a delicate oil; perfect to combine with delicately flavoured ingredients; think butter lettuce as opposed to rocket. Ice-cream made with this olive oil will produce spectacular results. Drizzle it over your favourite fish, preferably grilled and delicately spiced, trickle generously over freshly picked, warm, ripe tomatoes and of course it is perfect with your favourite Italian crusty bread. Mmmmmmm! Kosher Certified. Pour it, don't store it!