SIERRA DE CÁDIZ
Although this olive grove in the Sierra de Cádiz produces only a small percentage of Spanish production, its oils have a marked personality. The area has special environmental characteristics.
- The altitude is higher than in other parts of the province and, given its distance from the sea, it is one of the coldest areas.
- Rainfall is abundant, with more than 600 mm per year.
- The soils are poor and allow few crops to be grown, but olive groves have traditionally been well adapted to these dry lands and mountain slopes.
- These are areas where it is difficult to grow any other crop – cliff-edged land with slopes and stony ground.
- They tend to have small farms, mostly of a traditional type, difficult to mechanise, with more than 50 years old olive groves.
- Small producers in the area are often grouped together in cooperatives.
It is precisely the traditional, rustic element of the olive grove that gives these Cádiz oils their character and defines their taste. In the last decade, there’s been a growth in the production that was officially certified as organic farming, although this area has traditionally produced with practices very similar to those of organic production.
The Lechín variety, predominant in the area, is strong and vigorous, and adapts very well to these very chalky soils. It is productive and early ripening. With a low tocopherol content, which it compensates with a high polyphenol content, this variety produces very stable oils.
Its usual tasting notes point to its medium to intense fruity aroma of green or ripe olives, reminiscent in taste of fruits and wild aromas, with a slightly bitter and spicy flavour that is full of nuances and very balanced on the palate.
A treat for the palate!