Monday, August 28, 2006

Cheese: Red Hill Indulgence

Inspired by Farmhouse cheese-making in Europe, Red Hill Cheese was established in 2000 at Red Hill in the scenic Mornington Peninsula, here in my home state of Victoria.

Using organic cow milk and free-range goat milk from single herds they produce a range of seasonal cheese. It's worth noting that a vegetarian rennet is used and that they are free of artificial stabilisers and preservatives.

red hill cheese

Cheese Maker: Red Hill Cheese
Cheese Type: Indulgence (Cow)
Location: 81 William Road (Off Arthurs Seat Road), Red Hill
Cellar Door: Open daily Noon-5pm (except Christmas, Boxing Day & Good Friday)

Indulgence is a curd style, cows' milk cheese - and sold in two forms, fresh and aged. When young it's snow white in colour but as it matures it darkens. It's skin moves from a soft wrinkle to having a more waxy appearance. Indulgence is described as a "sweet-lactic, creamy, fine-textured, wrinkled, traditional soft cheese." This particular cheese is the aged version.


There's a note on the side of the cheese alerting us to the fact that there may be some blue mould on the cheese - it's just due to the cheese-making process - natural floras are allowed to develop in the cellars.


You can see some traces of how white it is when first made - this is about 2 weeks from being fully matured.


I quite like it's compact barrel shape - there's some character to it.


Opened, it gives a good idea of how it's matured - the smooth, creamy line near the rind indicates a fully matured state - the maturation moves from the outside towards the centre.

There's quite a bit of flavour accompanying a sweet, mouth filling creaminess. There's also a definite saltiness to it's taste but that gives it a clean flavour.

All up, an interesting cheese with a lot of character and a unique taste.

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  1. Mmmm... That brings me back to Paris! (Since I haven't been to Australia, yet)

  2. What an adorable little cheese. Haalo, you always find the ones with such interesting labels.

  3. Susan, I was trying to remember what this cheese reminded me of and you are right - in the markets of Paris I would see cheese that looked like this

    Thanks Sara!

  4. Hi Fred - to my knowledge there isn't a place to go and taste cheese - if you frequent the markets like the Queen Vic or Prahran, the deli's there should be more than happy to give you samples. You could also try the farmers' markets that pop up around town - there are usual cheese makers there and it's where I've found some of the cheeses.
    You could also visit some of the dairies themselves - I highly recommend visiting Yarra Valley Dairy.
    One final suggestion is the annual Speciality Cheese Makers Exhibition - that was held a couple of weeks ago, but if you are really interested in cheese it's worth keeping your eye out for it next year.


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