What’s on our supermarket shelves? – Cobram Estate Rich and Robustadmin | August 14, 2011
Cobram Estate Rich and Robust
Purchased: 11/5/2011, Woolworths Shepparton Victoria.
Price: $AUD5.49, $AUD14.64 /L (approx $USD 13.70 /L)
Best by date: 8/2/2013 (so presumably packed in February 2011)
Package: 375ml green glass
Australian extra virgin certified: Yes
My measure of FFA: 0.39%
My measure of UV232: 1.485
My measure of UV270: 0.125
Tasting notes: Good intensity aroma of banana and dried herbs. Flavour was a little less obvious, but still generous enough for this style. Medium bitterness and a higher level of pepperyness on the finish.
Recommended use: Bruschetta, oily fish such as herring
Comment: Overall a good example of a supermarket robust oil, in that it was more ‘commercial robust’, rather than ‘specialty robust’ – but knowing the producers I’m certain that this is more by design than by chance. The acidity is one of the lowest of supermarket oils reviewed to date, as were the measures of secondary oxidation (UV232) and further oxidation (UV270). So relative to its competitors, a pretty good offering.
The packaging seemed a little outdated, with a standard 375ml half wine bottle format. However, since purchasing this oil I’ve noticed that the producer seems to have focussed more on a more attractive 500ml square amber bottle format. But the label text is still very hard to read.