Gruyere Vieux is a classic aged hard cows milk cheese made during the summer months when the cows are grazing high in the Swiss Mountains. This thick crusty-rinded cheese has been made by Jean Marie Dunand in Le Cret sur Semsales dairy and carefully cave ripened for at least 18 months. The condensed nutty texture is scattered with small horizontal fissures known as ‘lenures’ and tiny crystals of tyrosine (an amino acid) that add a deliciously sweet-salty crunch to the powerful lingering flavours.
A little history
Dating back to at least the 12th Century, Gruyère is the most popular cheese in Switzerland. The quality of milk and area of production is strictly controlled under Swiss “Appellation” regulations, but quality varies between the cooperative dairies and most Gruyère wheels are sold after being ripened for just 6 months. “Vieux” = old.
This artisan cheese makes its way to Australia via Käseswiss, a London-based specialty cheese company founded by Zurich-based New Zealander, Rachael Sills, in 2005. They source their cheeses from the most reputable suppliers and producers in Switzerland.
*AOC = Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée
Gruyere Vieuxis a truly versatile cheese - enjoy with Aromatic white wines or for something different, dry Oloroso Sherry.
Recipes to include Gruyere Vieux -
- Classic Cheese Fondue,
- Luxurious Cheese Toasties with Tivoli Road Sourdough (available in store on Saturdays)
- Gratins, French Onion Soup, Cauliflower Cheese, Baked Eggs - the options are endless.
This month - Spend $100 online (excluding delivery) and receive 100g Gruyere Vieux free of charge.
We'll also be running some in store competitions for your chance to win a Gruyere AOP hat, apron or shopping bag. Watch this space or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to find our more!