Dalewood Fromage's signature cheese, the 12-month matured Huguenot, has been crowned as South Africa's Dairy Product of the Year for 2016. This brushed rind cheese with its complex nutty flavour and firm texture received top honours at the South African Dairy Championships.
What makes this achievement truly remarkable is that it is the second time in the past three years that the Huguenot has won this prestigious awardwhile puttingno less than 885 other dairy products in the shade during this year’s Championships.
Dalewood Fromage received two Qualité Awards at the Championships; one each for their 6 and 12 months matured Huguenot cheeses.The Qualité Award is the mark of excellence for dairy products in South Africa andDalewood Fromage has now received no less than 10 Qualités since they first entered the competition in 2001.
The Huguenot is also the only South African Cheese to have won super gold medals at the World Cheese Awards – twice in 2010 and 2014. Dalewood farm is situated on the beautiful Franschhoek-Simondium Roadin the heart of the Cape Winelands. Dalewood Fromage’s unique cheese making methods were formulated by owner Rob Visser, who studied Dairy Technology, spent time in France sniffing out traditional cheese making secrets and after countless cheese tastings and years of experimenting, still remains true to this farmstead’s goal to make artisanal cheeses.
The cheese of Dalewood Fromage attributes its genuine estate status to the fact that it is made on the farm from the milk of Dalewood’s stud Jersey herd. These gorgeous, fawn-coloured cows spend each day on eco-friendly green pastures, precisely managed with no artificial fertilizers, insecticides or weed killers.
No wonder that the range of specialty cheeses just tastes different. The Dalewood Fromage cheese range also includes Brie, Camembert, Blueand washed rind cheese in different styles, shapes and sizes to suit any occasion.
The award winning Huguenot is unique to Dalewood Fromage, and South Africa, and is delicious in recipes which call for mature cheese or on any cheese board. The one year cheese is extremely limited, but more stock is available of the six months matured Huguenot.
A visit to the Cheese Shop on the farm is a must for any cheese lover’s list of things to do in the Cape Winelands.
Their cheeses can also be found in speciality cheese shops and on the menus of top hotels and restaurants in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Garden Route.