Sunday, September 10, 2006

Cheese: Yarra Valley Dairy

A most picturesque part of Victoria, located in the east, just over an hour away from Melbourne, you'll find the Yarra Valley. Besides being home to one of our great wine regions, it's also where you'll find the Yarra Valley Dairy.

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Yarra Valley Dairy was established in 1996 and produces a range of cows and goats milk cheese that are made in a French/Italian style using non-animal rennet.

Still located in a hundred year old shed, the dairy's retail side has changed somewhat since my last visit. There used to be quite a nice cafe but it's downsized considerable to make way for more cheese making facilities. A viewing window now enables you to get up-close and watch the cheese-making process.

They have added a new wine hub which features wines from some of the smaller wineries that don't yet offer cellar door facilities . Cheese tastings are still available and you can sit back and relax with coffee or if you're in need of a larger cheese fix, platters can be purchased.

grabbetto

Cheese Maker - Yarra Valley Dairy
Cheese Type - Grabbetto: Ashed and White Mould Goat Cheese
Location - McMeikans Road, Yering, Victoria
Open: Daily 10.30am - 5.00pm

Grabbetto is a curd style goat's cheese, matured between 2 -4 weeks it's noted for it's unusual truncated cone shape.

On the left is the young ashed Grabbetto and to the right, the mature version, in which white mould has developed to form a thick skin.

The ash makes a great contrast to the pure white curd - soft and delicate, very easy to cut.

The mould is still quite soft to the touch, when cut the maturation process is visible.

white grabbetto

The distinct line will move towards the centre as time passes - the core is more brittle when compared to it's surrounds. This cheese was used in my Mediterranean Scrambled Eggs - the core melted more quickly in the heat of the eggs whereas the outer layers stayed intact, this made for a nice textural detail in the dish

eggs

Both these cheeses should appeal to the goat cheese novice and veteran alike.

white mould


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5 comments:

  1. I'm loving these little tastes of the cheese in your area. I just wish I could actually taste them!

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  2. Your Blog looks great, and yes.. I'm very hungry now ! ;)

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  3. Thanks Kalyn - i hope this helps to give some attention to our homegrown foods - I get those feelings too when I see all the great food that's on offer in other countries.

    Thank you Chanit - some cheese might help with those hunger pains ;)

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  4. Beautiful! I especially love the picture of the cut cheese. What fantastic cheeses you have come across.

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  5. Thanks Sara - better than anything I get to eat them too ;)

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