Golden night on the Mornington Peninsula

Julian & Jill Barson and Ashley Andrews of Leontyna Olive Oil scooped an impressive five awards, including Best of Show, at the 2010 Mornington Peninsula Olive Association Awards.

Jill Barson reports for Olivegrower & Processor on the Mornington Peninsula Olive Association’s 2010 Awards Dinner

It was a winter’s night in late August, freezing cold and dark – until you turned the corner.  Yes this was the right place: Summerfields Estate, ablaze with welcoming lights inviting us to have a great night. This was the Mornington Peninsula Olive Association’s Awards Dinner for 2010.

Sixty six people attended a terrific evening, enjoying great company and a meal of quality restaurant standards. Then it was awards time.

I am delighted to say that we had 18 medals to present, in only our second year of running the awards.  We are also very pleased that we had entries from outside of the Mornington Pensinsula area, and even one interstate exhibit.

EVOO classes included Single Estate Grown, Multi-Estate Grown and Mornington Peninsula Grown, with sub-classes of Mild, Medium and Robust in each category. There were also additional classes for Flavoured Oils and Table Olives.

La Grue Estate EVOO won Gold as a fine example of a mild, delicate oil with good complexity and Leontyna EVOO won Gold as a well balanced, fruity and flavoursome medium oil.
Leontyna EVOO also went on to win Best In Show.

The Mornington Peninsula Olive Association would like to congratulate all the winners of awards, and offer an invitation to all growers and industry members to exhibit and/or join us next year for another awards night to remember.

We also send a big thank you to the growers and producers for their support, along with thanks to our Chief Judge Richard Gawel, Claudia Guillaume and Pablo Canamasas for their time and expertise. A special thank you to Modern Olives for their continued support of our organisation.

Results

GOLD    Class 1A – Single Estate Grown, Mild – LaGrue Estate
GOLD    Class 1B – Single Estate Grown, Medium – Paringa Ridge – Leontyna
GOLD    Class 3B – Mornington Peninsula Grown, Medium – Paringa Ridge – Leontyna
SILVER    Class 1B – Single Estate Grown, Medium – Olio Zito Grove
SILVER    Class 1C – Single Estate Grown, Robust – Old Cotton Tree Grove
SILVER    Class 2B – Multi Estate Grown, Medium – Paringa Ridge – Jac & Zac’s Blend
SILVER    Class 3B – Mornington Peninsula Grown, Medium – Olio Zito Grove
SILVER    Class 3B – Mornington Peninsula Grown, Medium – Paringa Ridge – Jac & Zac’s Blend
SILVER    Class 3C – Mornington Peninsula Grown, Robust – Old Cotton Tree Grove
Class 2A – Multi Estate Grown, Mild – no entries
Class 2C – Multi Estate Grown, Robust – no entries
Class 3A – Mornington Peninsula Grown, Mild – no Gold or Silver medals awarded
Flavoured Oils – no entries
Table Olives – no entries

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