At the Two black dogs grove, we are surrounded by four different
varieties of olive trees..
Each variety provides a unique tasting e.v.o.o.
Here's a bit of info on our trees and the 2018 oil:
The ascolano tree is an Italian cultivar, with small to medium fruit.
Oil: Our Ascolano oil is grassy and herbaceous tasting. The more intense oil in our range.
Great with meaty dishes, pasta and tomatoes
The koroneiki tree is a Greek cultivar, with very small fruit that have a pointy end and shiny outer.
Oil: Our Koroneiki oil is fruity and aromatic, great with seafood and vegetables
The frantoio tree is a Tuscan cultivar with smaller fruit darker leaves, and a drooping canopy.
Oil: Our Frantoio oil is smooth & buttery with a hint of pepper, great with potatoes or as a dip
Red Wine & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Made with our Ascolano EVOO, gives a bold flavour lift to salads
Made with our Ascolano EVOO, this enhances any meal with its garlicky goodness
The leccino tree is a Tuscan cultivar, with larger fruit that turn a deep black. It has a dense canopy and grows quickly.
Oil: Our Leccino oil is creamy and buttery, with a pepper kick.
Two black dogs are members of the Olives New Zealand olive association - involving us in the latest developments and expert experience in the industry, both locally and internationally.
Chemical and Sensory testing after each harvest verifies that our oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and allows us to have the red 'Olive mark' sticker as certification on our oils.
2015 harvest Ascolano - Silver medal Olives NZ awards October 2015.
2015 harvest Ascolano - Silver medal Oliveti Northland awards 2015.
2016 harvest Koroneiki - Bronze medal Olives NZ awards October 2016.
2016 harvest Ascolano - Bronze medal Olives NZ awards October 2016.
2017 harvest Ascolano - Silver medal Olives NZ awards October 2017.
2017 harvest Ascolano - Bronze medal Royal NZ Easter Show awards September 2017.
From left to right: Picual, Leccino, Ascolano, Leccino (pendolino and frantoio not pictured)