WITH WHICH WE ELABORATE A GREAT OIL
OUR ESTATE, THE CLIMATE, THE LAND, THE WATER
The high quality of our oil is due to the geographic location of our estate, the climate, the land and the water. The geographic location of the Azaraque olive grove on the border of the Autonomous Community of Castilla de la Mancha, the Albacete province and the Murcia Region, constitutes the boundary of the high plateau of the La Mancha region which enjoys a climate midway between the Mediterranean and the Continental. These lands of geographic and climatic contrast give a unique personality to certain products like olive oil.
Our Oils have won many awards in a relatively short space of time because they are Extra Virgin oils of great complexity and intensity with well balanced peppery and picante characteristics. What makes them different is this nuanced complexity and this has been recognised by the tasting panals in the different award countries.
With respect to the soil, the techniques we use avoid disturbing the hummus layer in the rows between the trees, thus avoiding erosion by dragging and winds, giving the land a high content of organic material, to which is added the pruning. We use advanced cultivation techniques, frequently analyzing soil, water and leaves.
Nothing is left to chance in the production of Hannibal´s way oil: harvesting time is of vital importance in order to achieve the best final product. Olives are always harvested just before winter - during the maturation period when the olive turns from green to black – the latest trunk shakers are used exclusively to collect the olives without using sticks in order to protect the crown of the tree. The olives are transported to the oil mill for pressing within an hour of harvest with the aim of obtaining high quality. The few olives which fall on the ground are not used.
The olives are cold pressed immediately and at most three hours after the harvest. They are conserved in stainless steel drums in a seasonal storehouse, with the aim of conserving their organoleptic qualities.