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Waikato Vintage

Waikato Vintage

The Waikato region sits just south of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island.

Waikato is also the name of the longest river in New Zealand and means ‘flowing water’ in Māori.

Created by second generation cheesemaker Miel Meyer, it’s a washed curd cheese which means after the curds are cut, the whey is drained and replaced with warm water. This enables a deep, toffee-like sweetness to develop.

Maturation is on pine shelves for nearly two years during which time they develop a firm, dense, crumbly texture with crystals present. The flavour is rich, bright and herbaceous with a sweet finish and can only be achieved with fresh, pasture-based milk.

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