Shaw River Annie Baxter ‘Special Reserve’


Annie Baxter Special Reserve is a hard cheese with slightly crumbly texture & lemony and grass overtones, followed by a smooth richness from the buffalo milk.

In an amazing new cheese collaboration, wheels of Annie Baxter Special Reserve made by the Haldane family on the farm at Yambuk near Port Fairy in South Western Victoria are then matured in the masterful hands of Jacks Holman. Jack matures the wheels of cheese at the ‘Crows Nest’ located at Rob Dolans winery in the Yarra Valley where they  develop a gorgeous natural rind.

A little history about Annie Baxter

Farming pioneers the Haldanes were the first to import milking buffalo into Australia in the 1990’s from Italy & Bulgaria. Shaw River Buffalo Cheese is a farmhouse dairy situated on the property that was once home to Annie Baxter, owner of a vast cattle-grazing property named ‘Yambuk Station’. Annie was the first European woman in the district & was known for hunting dingo in her red riding jacket with her pistol prominently displayed on her belt. Shaw River created this cheese in her honour many years ago and to celebrate their 21st year of production they have handed this cheese over to fellow cheesemaker Jack Holman to mature.

Jack Holman is better known for his role at the Yarra Valley Dairy, where he oversees production of some of the most popular artisan cheeses in Australia. Stone & Crow is Jack’s side project, where he experiments with new cheeses such as Nightwalker & matures cheeses for other artisan cheese makers including Shaw River.

Goes well with:

Fresh young white wines

Similar cheeses:

Younger Pecorino, Wensleydale

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Cheese Details
  • Cheese Type: Hard
  • Country: Australia
  • Milk Type: Buffalo
  • Pasteurisation: Pasteurised
  • Rennet Type: Non Animal
  • Classification: Farmhouse

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