Yep, that’s right. One of our Mould cheesemakers, Shaw River Buffalo, won gold at the 120th annual International Cheese Awards held in Nantwich in Cheshire, England, last week.
The Annie Baxter Special Reserve, a classic Shaw River cheese that underwent an additional four months maturation to give it a natural rind, sharper flavour and increased depth of flavour and texture, won the award for Best Australian Cheese (any variety). This win was particularly exciting for cheesemaker Thea Royal, who says it’s “the first time we have explored ageing one of our cheeses”.
“When you enter the International Cheese Awards it’s always with a sense of trepidation. There’s just so many cheeses in the mix. To come away with three medals is an incredibly humbling result,” says Royal.