~ A stinky delight! ~
Did you know that traditionally washed rind cheese was ripened inside small caves. Yes, it’s true! The temperature and humidity form the pefect conditions to mature a perfect washed rind cheese in between it‘s daily baths! The name of this indulgent cheese is Grotto, meaning a small picturesque cave. Probably as a nod to the traditional maturing methods, but also as an acknowledgement to the local sourroundings. The Grotto is a particularly beautiful part of the Twelve Apostles, often mentioned to be one of the best. The same would go for this cheese, taking home a medal at the Royal Melbourne Show in 2007! We would certainly give it a shiny medal too! Grotto - a stinky delight!
PRODUCER: Apostle Whey Cheese
ORIGIN: Cooriemungle, VIC, Australia
3 months | MILK TYPE: | STRENGTH: 7
• Full Bodied Chardonnay
• Pinot Noir
• Medjool Dates
• Sour Cherries
• Fruit Bread
Grotto starts off as a camembert but is washed daily in a secret recipe brine! That is how the colour develops, a beautiful orange tone! Being a stinky cheese it has the characteristic smell, but don’t be scared, as the saying goes ‘the stinkier, the better’!
TWELVE APOSTLES FACT OF THE DAY...
The Twelve Apostles of Australia refer to the row of limestone stacks which line the shore along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. These rock formations are the result of ongoing erosion, brought upon by the harsh climates of the Southern Ocean. Throughout thousands of years, the crashing waves managed to erode the soft limestone, forming caves within the cliffs, which later became arches. The arches collapsed in time, leaving rock stacks measuring up to 45 meters high. Today, less than ten remain because of ongoing erosion. The Twelve Apostles of Australia are a stellar example of our planet’s natural transformation and the wild weather that this region encounters. Landscape plays a big part in produce formation and this unique landscape certainly has its own twist on the flavour of the cheese - and we can't get enough of it!