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”.

And it wasn’t the only prize Shaw River took home. Its Lady Julia Cheddared Buffalo Cheese took out the silver medal in the Best Australian Cheese (Mature Cheddar) category; and the standard Annie Baxter took out bronze in the Best Australian Cheese (any variety) category.
The awards are considered the biggest and most influential in the cheese world, with over 5,500 entries from 50 countries, and 250 expert judges.

“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.


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