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2008 Mario Vošten Extravirgin olive oil – 100% buža

by Gogo on April 2, 2009

in Olive oils

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On the last year’s olive oil exhibition in Vodnjan I met Mario Vošten immediately after he got gold medal for his oil made of 100% buža olives, an autochtonous variety from Istria. I was impressed with his oil that had a very refreshing bouquet and a sweet taste perfectly balanced with bitterish and spicy finish.

Few months ago I went to visit him in Vošteni, a small village near Sv. Lovreč and Poreč (map here), to buy some oil for my colleagues. He has its house at the end of the village, where I was warmly welcomed by him and his wife. We went inside in the kitchen when he offered me to taste two varieties he is producing, the first is the famous 100% buža oil, and the second is a blend of buža, leccino and pendolino. After I praised his oil, he was very modest and said he just takes care of his olive trees, collects them as fast as possible and bring them to local olive pressing mill. The work in the field is entirely done by him and his wife, except for the harvest when the whole family and a bunch of friends are joining in. They offered me a coffee, and we started talking about everything, what has to be done now in the field, how he also produces wine for his own purpose, about country life and life in general… Unfortunately I had to leave to go to work and the magic moment had to stop. At the end, he offered me also a bottle of his red and white wine that he produces only for his family.

Finally, if you want to but some oil from Mario please call him on +385(0)52 448403, but be aware that he speaks only Croatian or Italian.

Here are my tasting notes of his delicious 100% buža olive oil. Aroma is intense, scents of freshly cut green grass, radicchio and white flowers are sweetened with nuts aromas (devoid of any chamomille and banana scents that I do not like). The taste is sweet but equilibrated with refreshing bitterness that comes to the surface a bit later, to finally finish moderately pepperish. The balance is what impressed me a lot! Remember that the balance is hard to obtain in sweet oils since there is danger they will become dull and without accents. It is creamy in the mouth and aromas are persistent for tens of seconds. It will be adored by the people who like sweet and not pepperish olive oils. I see it as an excellent oil to make unusual deserts with black chocolate, but also with delicate fish and salads.

UPDATE: Mario won gold medal also for the vintage 2009!

Last Saturday (April 4 th), on wine and oil exhibition in Vodnjan, Mario again won a gold medal for his extraordinary olive oil made of 100% Buža. Here is the article from the local news website, unfortunately only in croatian. Here you can see the overall list of the winners. This is his sixth gold medal in a row. Congratulations to Mario, and keep up the good work!

Mario Vošten

Vošteni 23
HR-52448 Sv.Lovreč
Croatia
Tel: +385 (0)52 448 403
Fax: +385 (0)52 453 580
Mobile: +385 (0)91 720 2139


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Marko N. April 28, 2009 at 02:40

Mi divertiva sempre leggere le descizioni gustative dei somellier:-) …ti viene veremente voglie di provare il prodotto cercando di apprezzarlo almeno al 50% 😉

I somellier trattano anche oli di solito, o questo è una tua scelta particolare ?

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Dr. Gogo April 28, 2009 at 14:17

No, i sommelier si occupano piuttosto con i vini, un po con i distillati e le birre.

La mia passione per l’olio d’oliva viene dal fatto che anch’io sono un piccolo produttore. In più, faccio parte di una associazione di degustatori d’olio d’oliva che fanno i panel test per tutte le manifestazioni oleari che si svolgono in Istria. Per me degustazione dell’olio è complementare dalla quella del vino – i profumi non sono cosi forti, pero i sapori possono essere molto più violenti. Beh, non sono ancora un grande esperto con olio… Ci vuole molta esperienza.

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