Continental Cheese Range
The Ashgrove Continental Cheese Range includes a number of cheeses inspired by continental Europe.
Ashgrove’s connection to continental Europe and the magnificent cheeses from this area of the world has been enhanced in the past few years with our relationship with the Danish Dairy Board.
This relationship has seen a number of Danish Dairy Technology Graduates coming to Tasmania to work at Ashgrove Cheese and live with members of the Bennett family. This gives graduates valuable “hands-on” experience and has led to the development of some new Ashgrove Cheese varieties such as Claus’ Havarti, named after the first Danish cheese-maker to work at Ashgrove.
- Mr Bennett's Blue
- Claus Havarti
- Marinated Fetta
Flavour - A relatively mild blue cheese designed to appeal to all palates. Aged for several months to enable a good depth of veining and flavour to develop.
Texture - Smooth creamy texture with extensive blue veining.
Wine and Drinks Suggestions - Wine, Dessert wine, Botrytis Riesling. Beer, Porter or Dark Ale.
Serving Suggestions - Perfect addition to cheese boards. Excellent for use in sauces or salad dressings for extra flavour.
Who is Mr Bennett?
The simple answer is that there are many Mr Bennett’s within the Bennett families who own Ashgrove Cheese but the inspiration for the cheese has come from the two elder statesmen of the family brothers Michael and John Bennett.
Though neither Michael nor John has ever made a vat of cheese they are both passionate foodies whose determination to own a cheese factory is the reason that Ashgrove Cheese exists today.
For many years Michael and John yearned for a Blue cheese to be included in the Ashgrove range and despite their lack of cheese making experience or expertise they regularly offered advice on how this should be achieved.
Mr Bennett’s Blue was the first of many experimental blue cheeses that received the taste testing approval of both Michael and John.
In naming this cheese Mr Bennett’s Blue we are honouring the important role these two “armchair cheese makers” have played in the history of Ashgrove Cheese.
Taste - A clean mild flavoured cheese with a hint of saltiness. This cheese is named after Claus Nielsen the first Danish cheesemaker employed at Ashgrove.
Texture - Soft firm texture with small eye holes
Wine and Drinks Suggestions - Wine, Sauvignon Blanc. Beer, Lager. Cider, Sweet to Medium.
Serving Suggestions - Ideally suited to slicing and cubing. This cheese is excellent in sandwiches and as a mild cheese option on platters.
Flavour - Traditional Greek style cow’s milk Fetta preserved in brine which results in a mild but salty flavour.
Texture - Slightly open texture that is firm and easy to slice.
Wine and Drinks Suggestions - Wine, Riesling. Beer, Lager. Cider, Medium to Medium.
Serving Suggestions -Excellent addition to salads and antipasto. Ideal for use in cooking.
Flavour - Infused with a selection of herbs and spices & preserved in oil to create a cheese that melts in the mouth.
Texture - Small cubes ready to use. Remove from oil for serving.
Wine and Drink Suggestion - Wine, Pinot Gris. Beer, Lager. Cider, Medium.
Serving Suggestion - Perfect for spicing up salad or antipasto. Great addition to Mediterranean quiche or pizza. Use oil for making salad dressing or rubbed over bread before heating.
Flavour - Infused with lavender flowers from Bridestow Estate Lavender Farm in North East Tasmania. These highly aromatic flowers have a low camphor content that results in a subtle flavour.
Texture - Firm texture, pale in colour with visible lavender flowers.
Wine and Drink Suggestion - Wine, Riesling or Gerwurtraminer. Cider, Dry.
Serving Suggestion - An excellent platter cheese when served with fruit.