We have just bottled our 2019 JOSEPH First Run Olive Oil!
2019 has been one of the best olive harvests in recent memory – it’s been a longer, cooler season. Growers were really able to dial-in picking time.
The first thing we noticed about the 2019 oil was the vibrant colour and pepper notes – perfect material for the JOSEPH First Run. The bottled oil is showing all the spice and fruit vibrancy that amazed us at the press.
The First Run is the first pressing of oil from the harvest’s early crop. The yield is low, but fruit characters are at their most intense. In this bright green oil, vibrant olive fruit flavours blend with a clean peppery finish. This is a long and textured oil with notes of green banana and freshly cut grass.
Winemaker Joe Grilli fell in love with the Nero d'Avola grape during his trips to its home of Sicily, Southern Italy. McLaren Vale’s warm maritime climate is ideally suited to the rich, spicy Nero d’Avola grape. This limited release is made using traditional open fermenters, and is matured in seasoned oak barrels.
We only made a tiny batch in 2018 and do not expect it to last long!