If you are planning on having a wine and cheese night at home, or in the office, here is a quick checklist to match the right wine the cheese.
BLUE CHEESE: It’s a strong flavor with a powerful smell. Wine to match this cheese would preferably be a white dessert wine. A bottle of the Curious Creatures Chardonay. This ultra fresh Creature is fruit driven and very clean. The nose on this wine has a soft tropical feel, along with a hint of oak influence and the palate is zesty and crisp, with a crunchy apple punch and nectarine fruit flavours would make a great choice.
MORBIER: This is another strong smelling “stinky” cheese and we suggest a Riesling to cut through the commanding flavours. Try Curious Creates Riesling, Clare Valley. The grapes grew on low-yielding vines, on a vineyard managed in accordance with sustainable farming practices. Curious Creatures Riesling has lively fresh lime aromatics. The palate has tight, stoney minerality with intense citrus flavours. A refreshing, crisp acidity provides the backbone for a dry, lingering finish.
CAMEMBERT & BRIE: Requires a subtle wine not to overwhelm the flavour of these cheeses, therefore you could go for a Pinot Noir and we suggest Curious Creatures Pinot which is a classic Marlborough Pinot Noir displaying red cherry, plum and subtle spicy clove notes, complemented by fine, silky tannins…Call it “The Baby of the Mainstream”.
GOAT CHEESE: A Sauv Blanc will go well the fresh and grassy flavors of fresh goat cheese. Try Dalrymple Sauv Blanc, Tasmania. To maximise complexity these sauvignon blanc grapes were harvested using parcels of fruit from the Tamar Valley, Pipers River and the Coal River Valley, fermented separately with a range of yeast strains and lees contact. This wine is a pale straw colour with aromas of passionfruit, pink grapefruit, quartz and alluring hints of guava. With a creamy mid-palate, full of generous cumquat flavours and mouth-watering acidity, this is a very well balanced wine
AGED GOUDA: You can’t beat a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to challenge the nutty and salty flavors of the cheese variety. Our suggestion for Gouda is Gang of Two Cabernet Sauvignon, which has rich and complex layers of flavour and soft, fine, well-structured tannins. This Cab Sauv shows a brick red colour with a rich and complex nose prominent in blackcurrant, tobacco and typical leafy characters with hints of game. There are hints of cassie flavours, cigar box and cedar all combined with lingering gamey note.
JARLSBERG: A Merlot is a great match for this famous cheese. We suggest Lightning Creek Merlot: A red plum and cherry, well balanced palate, integrating toasty vanilla oak with soft round tannins.
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