500 ml - Morocco (2012 Harvest)
Wonderful lightness, filling the mouth with the feel of the picholine olive. It is a sweet oil, with a light almost hidden burn in the back of the throat. It’s character of Spain is present and with a bit of fruitiness.
From the pressing of the best Arbequina and Dahbia olives we get this golden olive oil verging to green, with a well-balanced taste and complex profile. Harvested at the end of September-beginning of October, just when the olives are changing colors from green to black and are still rosy. The fruitiness of ripe olives is clearly identifiable in the nose and mouth with a great diversity of secondary aromas, above all apple and banana. It also has hints of other ripe fruit such as almonds, tomato, fennel and artichoke. On the palette reminds of almonds, its sweetness stands out a little, as well as its astringency that does not interfere with its profile. The result is a very well balanced and harmonious oil with a clear touch of sweetness that is characteristic of the variety.
The Atlas chain of mountains, about 1,500 miles long, stretches across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, separating the Atlantic and Mediterranean from the Sahara desert. Desert Miracle, one of the Aqallal’s premium extra virgin olive oils, evokes the very trying conditions under which their olive trees grow - in the Sahara desert itself.
Desert Miracle is produced on the El-Borouj Olive Estate. Of the three Aqullal’s estates, this is at the lowest elevation of 320 m, and also the most arid. The Aqallal’s are quick to adopt technologies and best practices from all over the world. Israeli drip irrigation systems are used to parcel out the water, Atlas Mountains snowmelt, contained in artisan wells. They have built Morocco’s first covered water basin, covered so as to avoid evaporation from the sun, using German pumping technologies. In the interest of water retention, they have imported tons of volcanic rock from Latin America to mix into their earth. Most of their groves are high-density and Atlas has hired Spanish consultants to work out the design.
The olive cultivars used are the Spanish Arbequina (97%) and the Moroccan Dahbia (3%). Atlas produces 330,000 liters of what they call their “ultra premium extra virgin olive oil.” In 2009 Desert Miracle won a gold medal for the medium Arbequina category at the Los Angeles’s International Olive Oil Competition.