Five of the best: Cheeses

Add the winners of the Cuisine NZ Champion of Cheeses Award to your cheese board.

Meyer Vintage Gouda. Photo / Supplied
Meyer Vintage Gouda. Photo / Supplied

1. Meyer Vintage Gouda

Winner of the Yealands Estate Champion of Champions Award for large cheesemakers, this high quality gouda has subtle fruit-driven flavours and savoury overtones, with judges saying it is a stunning example of a Dutch style cheese.

2. Very Old Edam - Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese

The Cuisine Champion Artisan for smaller producers (and cheesemaker Jacob Rosevear won the cheesemaker award too). Judges said it is a prime example of a beautifully crafted Dutch cheese with intense tropical fruit flavour and the lingering, clean aftertaste combine with the light crunchy crystals to create an absolute taste delight.

3. Buffalo Mozzarella - Clevedon Valley Buffalo Company

The winner of the fresh unripened category, this is a sweet, milky mouthful of mozzarella with a delicate, fine "angel hair" texture.

4. Brinza - Gibbston Valley Cheese

A good traditional crumbly textured feta with a good acid finish and perfect salt balance.

5. Galactic Gold - Over the Moon Dairy Company

This slightly drier than usual washed rind cheese won its category with its smooth creamy texture and a good balance of earthy and "cooked brassica" flavours. Over the Moon's Cumerino also won the sheep's cheese gong.

- NZ Herald

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