2015 Tagaras "Manaki Varietal" Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil 500ml (Previously $18)
The Tagaras olives are harvested completely by hand with wooden ladders propped carefully in the trees so as not to damage tender branches. The olives are combed off of the branches and onto canvas sheets placed under the trees. At the same time, some gentle grooming and pruning of the trees is done in preparation for the next season. The olives are carefully picked through and sorted to remove any that are damaged or bruised while still on the canvas sheets and then placed into burlap bags for transfer by tractor to the olive press within hours of being picked. The olives are then washed and immediately cold pressed under careful supervision. After pressing, the unfiltered extra virgin olive oil is left to decant in stainless steel tanks allowing sediments to rest at the bottom before it is bottled in the Tagaras can. The can provides protection from light and oxidation, helping to preserve the freshness and vitality of the oil. Tagaras unfiltered extra virgin Manaki varietal olive oil is vividly fresh and peppery with a long buttery finish.