Del­len­dale on short­list for grand dairy prize

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

Den­mark’s Del­len­dale Cream­ery has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the 2019 Aus­tralian Grand Dairy Awards for two of its cheeses, beat­ing out com­pe­ti­tion from around the coun­try.

Del­len­dale’s Torndirrup Na­tive Herb and Torndirrup Ap­pen­zeller have been named fi­nal­ists in the flavoured cheese and semi-hard cheese cat­e­gories.

Both cheeses qual­i­fied for the na­tional awards af­ter win­ning gold medals at the WA State awards ear­lier in the year.

Torndirrup Na­tive Herb was praised for its rich, zesty pep­per and lin­ger­ing flo­ral aro­mas, while the Torndirrup Ap­pen­zeller was de­scribed as a unique Swiss-style golden wash-rind cheese with but­ter­scotch and sweet pineap­ple notes on the palate.

Del­len­dale Cream­ery owner and cheese­maker Chris Vo­gel said Den­mark’s unique en­vi­ron­ment had pro­vided his cheeses with their own dis­tinc­tive flavours.

He said he was ex­cited to be named as a fi­nal­ist in the pres­ti­gious na­tional dairy awards and proud to rep­re­sent Den­mark’s lo­cal pro­duce na­tional. “It’s so ex­cit­ing to be named a fi­nal­ist at the Aus­tralian Grand Dairy Awards but I do feel more ner­vous than last year as we have learnt how im­por­tant even the run­nerup ti­tle can be,” Mr Vo­gel said.

The judges’ com­ments are very in­sight­ful and help to pol­ish your prod­uct, which en­sures we can achieve the qual­ity that we do.”

This year, over 400 prod­ucts across 19 cat­e­gories were cri­tiqued and put to the taste-test at the Aus­tralian Grand Dairy Awards. The 54 fi­nal­ists now await the cham­pion an­nounce­ment in Fe­bru­ary when the top prod­uct in each cat­e­gory will be re­vealed and the over­all dairy and cheese grand cham­pi­ons will be crowned.

Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis

Chris Vo­gel's hand-crafted cheeses at Del­len­dale Cream­ery in Den­mark are fi­nal­ists in the Aus­tralian Grand Dairy Awards.

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