La Torre extra virgin olive oil “The Liquid Gold” a VIvid report

Finca la Torre is located just 15 minutes away from the lively centre of Antequera and is completely surrounded by 380ha of olive groves, fields, pine forest and flanked by two hill ranges. This exceptional location offers extensive views that sweep from south to west.

This mill, only 50km inland from the provincial capital, has won more than 30 awards in the last five years, including six Gold and two Best in Class Awards at the prestigious New York International Olive Oil Competition.

For more than 2,200 years, Finca la Torre has occupied a special place in the fascinating world of olive oil production and trade.  Olive growing and the purely mechanical production of olive oil are simply ideal for cultivation in accordance with organic guidelines. With the optimum cultivation of soil and trees, the trees produce large quantities of aromatic oleiferous fruits.    22552826_1866206470361061_5018399537211715465_n

Consequently, the biological olive grove is not simply an ideology for them but a logical basis for the production of high-quality olive oil. They use all aspects of their extensive expertise, ranging from optimal pruning, fertilisation with  their own compost (obtained from the rearing of sheep and horses) and targeted irrigation to skiful pest control (using specific insect traps and benefical organisms).

Under the supervision of Víctor Pérez Serrano, the agricultural engineer at the head of the Project since 2011, Finca La Torre has become leading olive oil producer thanks to a centenary olive grove that provides an exceptional  raw material , 28377883_1932575877057453_8589588101128356632_nwith a self-sufficient production philosophy, eco-sustainable and biodynamic that respects the environment, and allows the fruit to extract its full potential through the latest technology. The product range includes four monovarietal oils (Hojiblanca, Arbequina, Picudo and Cornicabra), and  each one holds the essential features of the olive it comes from. The extra virgin olive oil “Selección Hojiblanca” is the variety that has achieved the “Food Award of Spain: Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2017-2018” in the modality “Green bitter”, and this is the fifth  year that it has achieved this prestigious award!

FINCALATORRE-10From olive trees with more than 100 years old, “Selección Hojiblanca” is the La Torre flagship: An organic  olive oil that holds a great complexity and harmony, both on the nose and on the palate. This organic and biodynamic Extra Virgin Olive Oil gives memories of freshly cut grass on the nose, and in the mouth delicate fruit, fresh, bitter and spicy with hints of green almond, apple and banana. Complex, persistent and balanced. On the market you can find it just for 15€  500ml  and 9€ for 250ml, both sold in an elegant rectangular glass bottle.premio_aove_16_fincalatorre-680x477

The “Selección Arbequina”  is picked and delivered in 400 kg boxes to the mill, then  immediate  milled. Cold extraction and  storage in stainless steel tanks gives its taste  a delicate fruit, fresh with notes of banana and apples.

At the beginning of this year Finca La Torre  has released a special “One Twins Pack” featuring two, single-variety extra virgin olive oils: Hojiblanca and Arbequina, each made from the very best olives that were gathered by hand on the first day of the 2017 harvest. Apart from the unbeatable quality of the product, these limited-edition (only 1,000 units produced) olive oils come in specially designed, 200-milliliter bottles with wood stoppers, which evoke the elegance of a luxury perfume.  FINCALATORRE-TWIN (2)

In addition to being organic, eco-sustainable and biodynamic, FINCALATORRE-TWINthe “One Organic Arbequina” and “One Organic Hojiblanca” olive oils are also wonderfully fruity, with notes of freshly cut grass, apple and banana, imbued with the freshness that only early-harvest, green olives can provide. The “Twins Pack” price is just 35€.

We have had the privilege of tasting both at Apicius Restaurant last Monday, in their presentation to the culinary press, matching in a perfect harmony with the menu made by the chef Enrique Medina for this special lunch.

Menu La Torre

Chef’s appetizers

Sweet onion from Fuentes with red tuna Balfegó and ponzu

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Foie-gras ganache with fresh Green peas of Maresme  and pipes

Skewered hake from the Cantabrico with mayonnaise and La Torre Olive oil

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Pistachio biscuit with White chocolate topping by La Torre Olive Oil

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Petit Fours and coffee

Wines: Blanc de Enguera DO Valencia and Lopez de Haro crianza D.O.C. Rioja

Congratulations to La Torre for such a superb extra virgin olive oil and to Apicius for the amazing menu!!

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