A whale of an oil


Baleia Bay olive oil hails from Vermaaklikheid on the Garden Route.  As the website says “on the banks of the Duivenshok River on the southern coast of South Africa, lies a sleepy little hamlet called Vermaaklikheid. A special hideaway untouched by time and “progress”. A place where one can escape from the pressures of modern living and where body and soul can be restored.” It was also the best value olive oil to slip out of our RECM blind tasting this morning.

bal A whale of an oil

Ayama on the Partyberg had two in the value case, while GT Ferreira’s Tokara was there along with Gabriëlskloof from Bot River.

Baleia Bay extra virgin Price (per 500ml) R45.00 Value R81.15 Score 76.70
Gabriëlskloof extra virgin 2L can Price (per 500ml) R50.00 Value R75.27 Score 68.30
Ayama cold extracted extra virgin 2013 Price (per 500ml) R37.05 Value R54.77 Score 54.00
Het Bos extra virgin Frantoio Price (per 500ml) R42.50 Value R61.17 Score 56.00
Ayama cold extracted extra virgin 2012 Price (per 500ml) R55.00 Value R76.28 Score 68.70
Tokara multi varietal premium extra virgin cold extracted Price (per 500ml) R75.00 Value R89.79 Score 79.00

With price no object, the list is different and Rio Largo rules the roost with GT in second and third place.

Rio Largo cold extracted extra virgin premium blend 2014 Price (per 500ml) R85.00 Value R91.86 Score 90.70
Tokara multi varietal premium extra virgin cold extracted Price (per 500ml) R75.00 Value R89.79 Score 79.00
Tokara premium extra virgin cold pressed Price (per 500ml) R90.00 Value R86.65 Score 79.00
Rio Largo cold extracted extra virgin premium blend 2013 Price (per 500ml) R85.00 Value R84.17 Score 78.30
Baleia Bay extra virgin Price (per 500ml) R45.00 Value R81.15 Score 76.70
Kloovenburg cold extracted unfiltered extra virgin Price (per 500ml) R70.00 Value R79.01 Score 74.30