Rokewood Olive Grove is a family business on a farming property in Balingup, Western Australia. This 80 hectare property is situated at the southern end of the Darling scarp, with steep hills and deep valleys flowing into the Blackwood River. The deep loam soils, Mediterranean climate and predictable rainfall make it an ideal area for growing beautiful, healthy, oil-rich olives and delicious extra virgin olive oil.
Owners Steve and Janine planted the original olive grove in 2002 with 450 trees of mixed varieties. For oil, they planted Leccino, Frantoio and New Norcia Mission varieties with Kalamatas to produce table olives.
In 2009, Rokewood Olive Grove expanded with the planting of an additional 300 Kalamata trees to boost the table olive side of the business.
These trees began production of good quality table olives in 2013.
The excellent climate and soils of the Blackwood Valley in Western Australia has enabled this grove to now yield approximately 1600 litres of award winning extra virgin olive oil per year and an increasing tonnage of beautiful table olives.
Olives and Olive Oil : The Processes
The oil olives are either machine or hand harvested and cold pressed within 24 hours of picking. This oil is settled in stainless steel tanks and transferred, unfiltered, into bottles or casks. This retains all of its nutritional value and flavour. This oil has a unique flavour, changing slightly each year, but always with a slight peppery aftertaste characteristic of the southwest region.
The Kalamata and other variety table olives are picked and sorted by hand. They are placed into brine in tanks to complete the pickling process over approximately six months. Regular monitoring and recording of salt and ph levels ensure high quality taste and safety. The final brine is reduced in salt and enhanced with red wine vinegar to give it a well rounded flavour. The olives remain firm and sweet and can be stored in dark coll places for up to two years.
All bottling, labeling and additives are done at the farm processing plant, which houses a commercial kitchen and complies with the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness.
Rokewood Olive Grove- Awards & Accolades
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
2019: Silver Award- West Australian Olive Awards
Judges Comments: “Faint fresh herbs and green vegetables aromas transferred to the palate with slow bitterness and pungency.”
2018: Silver Award- Perth Royal Show
Judges comments: “A good complex aroma of ripe tomato and floral hints. A good complex delicate oil.”
2017: Silver Award- Perth Royal Show
Judges comments: “Good nose. Strong, pleasant palate with pepper and bitterness. A well-balanced oil.”
2016: Silver Award- Perth Royal Show
2015: Bronze Award- Perth Royal Show
2014: Silver Award- South West Olive Oil Competition
2013: Silver Award- South West Olive Oil Competition
2012: Silver Award- Perth Royal Show
2011: Silver Award – South West Olive Oil Competition
MIXED VARIETY TABLE OLIVES
2020: – Silver Award and Best in Class- The Australian International Olive Awards.
Judges Comments:” Attractive mix of olive varieties, shapes, sizes and pink and green colours. Cleanaroma of good ripe olive fruit with floral characteristics which transfer to the palate with
freshness.Long flavoursome length.”
KALAMATA TABLE OLIVES
2017: Kalamata Olives- Silver Award and Best in Category- Perth Royal Show
Judges Comments: ” Firm, good texture, bitterness and saltiness with no off flavours.”
2008: Kalamata Olives: Bronze Award- West Australian Olive Council Awards