Cream of the Crop: Australia’s Best Wine and Cheese Pairings

Soft. Sweet. Subtle. Smokey. These are just some of the words you…

Cream of the Crop: Australia’s Best Wine and Cheese Pairings

November 13 2019 /

Soft. Sweet. Subtle. Smokey.

These are just some of the words you can use to describe Australia's top-tier cheeses. And what better way to bring out the mouth-watering flavours of your favourite fromage than pairing it with the perfect glass of wine?

Whether you're impartial to a fresh bottle of white, a full-bodied red or a decadent fortified wine, enjoy this edit of Australia's best cheese and wine offerings. Who knows, maybe you'll find the next best thing to hero an indulgent summer spread.

White wine

Beston apricot and almond cream cheese x Polperro pinot gris

Looking for cheese on the softer side? Beston specialises in culinary cream cheeses that meld fruit and savoury flavours. Their award-winning apricot and almond cheese unites slightly tart apricot fruit with sunny pawpaw in cream cheese and almond casing. With many more flavours from Beston on offer, there’s sure to be a soft cheese to tickle your fancy.

As a rule of thumb, a soft, creamy cheese always pairs well with a crisp summer wine, and you can’t go wrong with Polperro’s pinot gris. With lifted pear, lemongrass and fresh pea notes on the nose, this fine, medium-bodied white wine oozes elegance with its fresh finish.

Président Le Montarlier Comté x Leeuwin Estate's Art Series Chardonnay

This lesser-known but brilliant French cheese is considered a close cousin to popular Swiss cheeses like Gruyere. The semi-soft cheese has a fruity, slightly sweet flavour that matures into a nutty, savoury taste as it ages. Comtè's multi-dimensional palette lends itself perfectly to a well-regarded white wine.

Leeuwin Estate's Art Series Chardonnay is already well known in Australia's wine world, but it's the brand's relatively recent 2016 vintage that's currently turning heads. Filled with vibrant citrus fruits and a contrasting mineral thread, this wine is described as poised and present, sure to bring out the best in Président's Comté.

Red wine

South Cape Australian Gouda x Cullen ‘Vanya’ Margaret River cab sav

With Dutch origins and rich history, South Cape’s Australian Gouda is a sweet-yet-mellow cheese that lives up to its namesake and does Australia proud. Nutty and versatile, it’s a pleasant foray into the world of semi-sweet cheeses and pairs perfectly with a well-balanced cab sav.

If you’re looking for gouda’s perfect partner, turn to a well-loved Margaret River classic. Described as fragrant and silky, Cullen’s ‘Vanya’ is a balanced cab sav that boasts finessed, velvety tannins with a steely, spicy strength. With florals and red fruits, this seamless full-bodied red wine is sure to complement any gouda on your next cheese board.

King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie x Dawson James Derwent River Pinot Noir

The folks at King Island Dairy hold this brie in high regard; it's the pioneer cheese in their premium range. And it's true that this cheese is hard not to love, with unique flora notes followed by a complex aroma and flavour. But don't just take my word for it — critics at the esteemed 2017 Grand Australian Dairy Awards crowned King Island's brie best-in-show in the Grand Champion White Mould Cheese category.

Award-winning brie calls for award-winning red, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better bottle than Dawson James' 2015 pinot noir. Described by judges at this year's Halliday Wine Awards as elegant and savoury, this unique Derwent River blend boasts abundant cherry notes. Subtle, sultry layers make these two complex winners a match made in heaven.

Dessert wine

King Saul blue vein cheese x Penfolds Grandfather port

It might be touted as Australia’s most expensive cheese, but critics say this blue vein is one of the best on the market. Produced in the Adelaide Hills, King Saul’s 2014 raw milk cheese was lovingly crafted in a limited release vintage of 160 rounds. The sought-after dairy comes with a hefty price tag – expect a wheel to set you back A$150.00. But for many cheese lovers, it’s worth every penny.

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Of course, a fine cheese demands an exceptionally fine wine, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better than Penfolds Grandfather Port. With an average age of 20 years, this thick-bodied fortified wine is a sweet, viscous match for the pungent, crumbly blue.