Castillo de Canena, the award winning Spanish producer of premium extra virgin olive oil, has released two Family Reserve oils for 2010, reflecting the olive varieties grown in the extensive olive groves within the castle’s grounds – Picual and Arbequina.
Rated by expert olive oil taster Marco Oreggia’s ‘Flos Olei 2010’ guide as one of the best 20 extra virgin olive oils in the world, Family Reserve, so called because for generations it was customary to keep the very best of each harvest in the family, is renowned for the wonderful clarity of colour, flavour and fragrance that sets the Vañó family’s award-winning oils apart from any others.
Castillo de Canena Family Reserve, Picual: The oil exudes aromas of herbs – mint, basil and rosemary – underpinned by the scent of artichoke and crushed foliage. On the palate this extra virgin olive oil continues the herb theme with additional hints of citrus fruit and green tomatoes with a bold peppery finish.
Last autumn, the olives were carefully selected from a 65-hectare field within the 1,500-hectare estate, at an altitude of 530m. The olive trees in this part of the estate are 120 years old.
Castillo de Canena Family Reserve, Arbequina: A complex balance of flavours and fragrances, distinctly finessed ith fruity notes. Aromas include crunchy green apples, lemon peel and lemon verbena, yielding to tastes of ripe banana and bitter almonds, finished with touches of delicate sweet spice.
The 17-year old trees grow on clay soils at lower a lower level altitude of 480m in a small plantation of 55-hecatres.
Both varieties are ideal for enhancing the flavour of grilled vegetables, salad dressings, toasts or chargrilled meat and fish.
Famed for the unique and exceptional flavours which are derived from picking the very best of each harvest, Castillo de Canena has been producing fine extra virgin olive oil for over two centuries. It was the first Spanish olive oil producer to receive the prestigious Coq d’Or status in 2006, selected by the French gourmet guide for the very best artisan food products in Europe
Retailing from £8.99, both varieties of Castillo de Canena Family Reserve extra virgin olive oil are available in Waitrose, Fortnum and Mason and from selected fine food retailers across the UK.