11 Oct 2017
Spain’s La Mancha region is famous for two things – it was the setting for famous Spanish novel, Don Quixote, and also, our favourite cheese for the month of October, Queso Manchego Maturado.
Queso Manchego, or simply manchego if you prefer, is one of Spain’s most popular cheeses. Originally made in the La Mancha region – also famous for being the setting of Spanish novelist Miguel De Cervantes’ Don Quixote – it’s now made right across the country from the rich, aromatic milk of the manchega sheep.
Typically, the cheese is set in grass moulds, which leave a distinctive crisscross pattern across the rind, and is enjoyed fresh at around 12 months of age, or matured slightly in olive oil.
While the rind is considered inedible, the creamy white interior is a different story all together. Firm and dry, the cheese has an addictive, slightly sour taste with buttery, nutty, peppery characteristics.
Want to get the most out of your manchego? Why not pair it with Kris Llyod’s plump range of dried fruit ($15.00), or a drizzle of Great Southern Truffle Honey ($18.95 each). Alternatively, cut yourself a wedge and enjoy it with a rich glass of fine sherry.
Queso Manchego Maturado retails for $64.95/kg. Pop instore this Saturday, October 14, 2017, between 11am and 1pm and you’ll enjoy a complimentary tasting of Queso Manchego Maturado.