Woodside Charleston is an Australian Brie style cheese that is made from Jersey cow’s milk collected from Charleston in the Adelaide Hills. The exclusive flavour of Charleston is a result of the different moulds that ripen the cheese from the outside to the centre over a period of about six weeks. When the cheese is fully ripe, it exhibits a soft and creamy texture and a complex ‘farmyardy’ flavour underlined by mushroomy notes. With age, the flavours of Charleston intensify and become more distinctive. As the cheese is free of any preservatives, some discolouration on the outer rind is treated as a natural part of its maturation. Determine the ripeness of Charleston by feeling the softness all across the surface. The cheese has a shelf life of 7 to 8 weeks from the make date. Charleston pairs well with Chardonnay or sparkling wine and are best suited to cheese plate when matched with fresh bread and seasonal fruit.
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