The Dominion Post

So pleased with cheese

- Piers Fuller

Whether it is fancy Wairarapa goat’s milk varieties or classic wheels of aged cheddar from Ka¯piti, New Zealand cheesemake­rs are showing they can churn out terrifical­ly tasty cheeses.

Lower North Island producers won three of the four supreme categories at the New Zealand Champions of Cheese awards in Hamilton last night.

The supreme winners were made by producers from longestabl­ished brands such as Ka¯piti Cheese, to relatively new players like Nieuwenhui­s Farmstead Cheese in Central Hawke’s Bay.

The other two supreme winners were The Drunken Nanny of Martinboro­ugh with its Black Tie Petite; and Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese in the Bay of Islands with its very old edam.

The trophies were awarded at a gala dinner that followed the judging of more than 310 cheeses from 35 cheese companies.

Goat’s milk cheeses did particular­ly well this year with two supreme winners of this type.

Annie and Geoff Nieuwenhui­s of Nieuwenhui­s Farmstead Cheese have been making and selling their goat cheese from their Hawke’s Bay farm only since 2018.

Their recipes are based on traditiona­l European techniques with a Kiwi twist, including names such as Te Aute and Poukawa Fog that reflect the region where they make their cheeses.

Amanda and Lindsey Goodman of The Drunken Nanny Farm in south Wairarapa said their Black Tie Petite was inspired by a traditiona­l French method of cheesemaki­ng, where the goat’s cheese is rolled in grape vine ash. The competitio­n was held by New Zealand Specialist Cheesemake­rs Associatio­n.

Board chairman Neil Willman said it was encouragin­g to see the quality and variety of cheeses this year. ‘‘It’s proof of the strength of the New Zealand cheese industry.’’

 ??  ?? Ka¯ piti, Te Tihi Premium Aged Cheddar was another supreme winner at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards.
Ka¯ piti, Te Tihi Premium Aged Cheddar was another supreme winner at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards.

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