The West Australian Olive Council Inc. (WAOC) organises an annual Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition in association with the Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RAS). This event gives Australian olive oil producers the opportunity to show and evaluate their produce.
The judging is a three part process. Each oil is chemically tested for both % Free Fatty Acid and the level of polyphenols, providing indicators of the quality of the grove and processing practices and of the intensity of the oils’ taste respectively. An Organoleptic (sensory) assessment is then made using the Australian Olive Association’s 20 point sensory scoring system. Gold medals are awarded to those oils that score 17 to 20 points, silver to those with 15 to 16.5 points and bronze medals to oils scoring 13 to 14.5 points.
Those oils that earn a gold medal then undergo a second organoleptic test in order to determine the Best Oil of the Show, the Best WA Oil of the Show and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Class awards.
Until recent years, the Eastern States dominated all categories of the competition. Grindon was proud to have broken this stranglehold by winning the Best Oil in Show and Best WA Oil in Show in 2006, with the highest number of points ever awarded to an oil in the competition. The winning oil was a Fruity style, being a blend of Manzanillo, Hardy’s Mammoth and Leccino varieties.
Then in 2007 we did it again! This year it was our Robust style that brought the honours of the Best Oil in Show and Best WA Oil in Show. This was a blend of Manzanillo, Pendalino and Picual varieties. During tastings at the Perth Royal Show, this oil received much praise, including the comment that ‘this tastes like my Italian childhood’.
WAOC 2006 Best Oil in Show (Fruity style)
WAOC 2006 Best W.A. Oil in Show (Fruity style)
WAOC 2006 Gold Medal (Fruity style)
WAOC 2006 Silver Medal (Delicate style)
WAOC 2007 Best Oil in Show (Robust style)
WAOC 2007 Best W.A. Oil in Show (Robust style)
WAOC 2007 Gold Medal (Robust style)
WAOC 2007 Bronze Medal (Fruity style)