Australia boasts one of the world’s leading dairy industries. A variety of dairy products are produced here because of its clean, lush pastures and diverse climate. With the access of technology from England in 1850s, it started making more than 160 varieties of cheeses.
Washed rind cheeses are originally from the alleys of northern France, made famous by the monks who invented them. It was a deliberate attempt to develop the meaty flavour in the cheese as people has to abstain from meat for long periods of time. Washed rind cheeses are periodically washed in a solution of saltwater brine, wines and/or mould-bearing agents so that their surface becomes responsive to bacteria. This bacterium (Brevibacterium Linens) “smears” the cheese with a firm, palatable, bright red/orange rind and imparts pungent odors and distinctive flavours to the produce. Also knows as surface ripened, the cheeses can soft, semi-hard, or hard. Some common examples are Titlist, Gruyere and Raclette who have their rinds washed during the maturation process to develop a crusty shell.
This rich cheese has a robust aroma with a sweet, earthy flavour that is a little nutty. Since the cheese is complex in taste, pair it with fruits or toasted fruit bread.
Other Australian cheeses:
Heidi Aged Gruyere, Heidi Gruyere, Kervella Affine, Maffra Aged Rinded Cheddar, Maffra Cheshire, Maffra Mature Cheddar, Maffra Red Leicester, Maffra Wensleydale, Martha's Heat, Mersey Valley Original Vintage, Mountain Goat, Pyengana Cheddar, Tala, Yarra Valley Vintage Savourine
Black Pearl, Figaro, Grabetto, Harvest, Maffra Dargo Walnut, Maffra Peppercorn Cheddar, Maffra Sage Derby, Mandolin, Milawa Goats Tomme, Paesanella Fresco, Pompeii, Pyengana Cheddar, Tasmania Highland Chevre Log, Yarra Valley Black Savourine, Yarra Valley Bulls Eyes, Yarra Valley White Savourine
Blue Vein (Australian), Driftwood, Fior Di Latte, Fresh Fior Di Latte, King River Gold, Meredith Blue, Milawa Affine, Mozzarella (Australian), Neufchatel (Australian), Paesanella Bocconcin, Paesanella Caciotta, Paesanella Caciotta with Rocket & Chilli, Paesanella Cherry Bocconcin, Pokolbin, Roaring Forties Blue, Rubi, Smoked Fior Di Latte, Vesuvius
Bega Processed Cheddar, Binnorie Marinated Fetta, Duet, Edith, Gippsland Blue, Kervella Affine, King Island Cape Wickham Brie, Le Conquerant Demi Pont L'eveque , McLaren, Meredith Blue, ... show all ... , Milawa Blue, Milawa Brie, Milawa White, Oasis, Timboon Brie, Vigneron, Woodside Cabecou, Woodside Capricorn, Woodside Charleston, Yarra Valley Cardi, Yarra Valley Juno, Yarra Valley Persian Feta, Yarra Valley Saffy, Yarra Valley Yering
fresh firm cheeses:
Goat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lemon Myrtle Chevre, Saltbush Chevre, Swag
fresh soft cheeses:
Allium Piper, Barambah Organics Marinated Feta, Cottage Cheese (Australian), Goat Curd, Kris Lloyd - Artisan Blend, Manon, Mascarpone (Australian), Meredith Ashed Pyramids, Meredith Chevre Ash, Meredith Chevre Dill, ... show all ... , Meredith Chevre Plain, Meredith Goat Cheese in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Monet, Paesanella Buffalo Ricotta, Paesanella Burrata, Paesanella Dry Ricotta, Paesanella Fresh Ricotta, Quark, Ricotta (Australian), Tapas, Woodside Chevre, Yarra Valley Ashed Pyramid, Yarra Valley Fresh Pyramid, Yarra Valley Gentle Goat