South-west boutique dairy producers have this month excelled at the 120th annual International Cheese Awards held at Nantwich in Cheshire, England - considered the largest and most influential cheese competition in the world.
Shaw River Buffalo Cheese took out gold, silver and bronze medals for three different cheeses at the competition that attracted more than 5500 entries from 50 countries.
Shaw River Buffalo Cheese, a small family-run buffalo dairy and cheese maker at Yambuk, won a gold medal in the Best Australian Cheese category (any variety) for its Annie Baxter Special Reserve – a semi-hard table cheese that has undergone four more months of maturation on top of the 12 months that the Annie Baxter cheese receives.
Shaw River also won a silver medal in the Best Australian Cheese category (Mature Cheddar) for its Lady Julia Cheddar Buffalo Cheese, which is matured for 12 months.
The buffalo cheese creates a creamy white colour and a delicate flavour.
Adding to Shaw River’s medal haul was the bronze it received for its Annie Baxter cheese in the Best Australian Cheese category (any variety).
The Annie Baxter is a semi-hard pecorino/romano style table cheese that can be used in place of parmesan in cooking. It is matured for more than 12 months.
Shaw River Buffalo Cheese general manager Thea Royal said it was particularly elated with the Gold Medal for the Annie Baxter Special Reserve, which was a just-released cheese and the first time Shaw River had explored ageing one of its cheeses.
The quality of milk produced by Schulz Organic Dairy, located at Timboon, was also highlighted at the International Cheese Awards in Cheshire.
A collaboration between acclaimed chef Shannon Bennett (vue de Monde, Benny Burger), cheese producers Pure Dairy, and Schulz Organic Dairy, resulted in the creation of a cheddar cheese using Schulz Organic Full Cream Milk.
The cheese won gold in the ‘Best Australian Cheese (Cheddar)’ category,
Schulz Organic Full Cream Milk also received a gold medal in the 'From the Dairy' category at the 2017 delicious produce awards held in Melbourne this month.