About our oil
The olive orchard at Jandra is about 20 years old. It has been owned by the Buchanan family since 2015. There are some 750 trees, predominantly frantoio.
Previously we have onsold our crop to another orchard. In 2021 we have managed the harvest and the subsequent oil ourselves.
The harvest is in late autumn each year. This year it was later than normal, mid-June. Interestingly, each year our olives ripen here in Eurobin about 2-4 weeks later than in Melbourne. The olives are mechanically harvested and then processed into oil overnight.
Freshly pressed new oil can be spicy and even hot to the palette. This year, because of the later harvest, the more riper olives have produced an oil that has a more mellow, buttery taste. When its this fresh (pressed two weeks ago as I write) its a changing experience each time I taste it. The spicy, peppery kick will mellow over the next twelve months, becoming much smoother and more subtle in its flavours.
We had a bumper crop this year, and in fact didn't get to pick all the available olives. On top of that, the later pick gave us a better percentage of oil than usual....so we have plenty of oil to sell!
And it turns out it is also of a very high quality. In the 2021 Australian Golden Olive Awards it received a gold medal, best in class, best in show and we were named best new producer! A few weeks later we received another gold medal in the Australian International Olive Awards.
It is also available at The Peaks Artisan Cheesemakers - Tasting Room and Petite Providore. You can find them in Bright, in the arcade at the top of the main street: Shop 5, 4 Ireland street.
And at the Alpine Visitors Centre Bright , at 119 Gavan St.
Our oil is now stocked at Nightingale Bros Alpine Produce orchard and store. 708 Morses Creek Rd, Wandiligong VIC 3744.
And if you purchase a gift hamper from Alpine Valleys Fine Foods you might find some of our oil in their beautiful hampers.
For biosecurity reasons we do not do door sales.