Maffra Aged Rinded Cheddar (also known as Maffra Cloth Bound Cheddar) is award-winning cheddar produced by Maffra Cheese Company at their dairy farm located in Gippsland dairy country. The cheese has a firm yet buttery texture with a subtle creamy straw colour paste. Each cheese wheel is aged under an ashed cloth to allow formation of a thin rind and carefully matured to its optimal age between 18 months to two years.
The flavour profile varies with the seasons with sweet and rich front notes and complex after tones during spring and summer evolving to earthy and sometimes almost meaty flavours in late-Autumn and winter. Maffra Aged Rinded Cheddar has won many awards including Australia's Champion Cheese at the 2012 Grand Dairy Awards, Show Champion Cheese at the 2011 Speciality Cheesemakers' Awards and Gold Medallist at the 2012 World Cheese Awards in the UK.
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