Monte Rosso is a firm washed rind cheese inspired by the legendary Italian Taleggio and handcrafted in the Adelaide Hills. It is a semi-soft cheese with a sweet, buttery paste that has hints of fruit and a lingering lactic finish. The velvety paste is balanced by a thin aromatic, orange rind. In his continual pursuit of excellence, cheesemaker Kym studied the art of taleggio making firsthand in northern Italy.
A little history
After a career in corporate finance, Kym Masters decided to follow a new path as a cheesemaker. As part of his self-styled cheese education, he travelled to the Franche-Comté region of France to study the most popular cheese in France, Comté Gruyère. What he loved about it was its diversity – there are different varieties of Gruyère-style depending on which valley the cheese is made in, that have become recognised in their own right, such as Beaufort, Abondonce and Comté. Kym returned to set up Section28 Artisan Cheese, where he is hand-making uniquely Australian cheeses that reference this European Alpine-style cheese-making heritage, while having a style and flavour that distinctly showcase the milk of the Adelaide Hills.