Cobram Estate, Australia’s largest and most awarded extra virgin olive oil producer, has won two Gold medals at The Olive Japan 2012 International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. Cobram Estate single origin 2011 Ultra Premium Picual took home the gold medal for the “medium” intensity category while Cobram Estate single origin 2011 Ultra Premium Hojiblanca earned a gold medal in the “delicate” intensity category.
The Olive Japan 2012 International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is the only true international competition that has Northern and Southern Hemisphere competing against each other. Olive oils are harvested once a year in the Autumn, and due to the timing of the competition Cobram Estate competed with 2011 oils produced in April 2011 against the world’s best from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, and Greece which being northern hemisphere oils were freshly pressed in November 2011. Cobram Estate entered two extra virgin olive oils and competed against more than 140 other entries from 16 nations.
Cobram Estate’s Executive Chairman Rob McGavin comments: “This is a tremendous achievement off the back of what has been an incredibly successful year for the Ultra Premium Picual and Hojiblanca. Achieving Best of Show in the 2011 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition was undoubtedly a highlight but to be honoured again almost 12 months later just shows that Australia is producing some of the world’s finest Extra Virgin Olive Oils.