Yarra Valley Dairy is located in one of Australia’s premium dairy and wine regions; a picturesque part of Victoria only an hour’s drive from Melbourne. The dairy sits alongside a 100-year-old milking shed on a property known as ‘Hubertswood’ which is owned by the Mooney family and takes its name from one of the valley’s early settlers and vignerons, Hubert de Castella.
A variety of award-winning cheese is made in this historic location, taking inspiration from the great cheeses of Europe and using fresh, local milk, to produce uniquely Australian cheeses that showcase the best of both. Goat’s milk is milk delivered regularly from a family owned property in the Mansfield region nestled at the foothills of Victoria’s High Country.
Hubert, was an early pioneer in the Yarra Valley around the late 1800s. This cheese, like Hubertswood, the property it is made on, is named in honour of him. Hubert’s from Yarra Valley Dairy, is a cow’s milk, washed rind cheese and underneath the white, pillowy rind can be found a rich glossy, custard-like inner paste. The brandy it is washed in, gives it a sweet, mildly yeasty aroma and the texture can best be described as pudgy in the centre with a gentle ooziness towards the rind. The flavour is a sweet crossover of mushrooms and lemon, with hints of tangy milk and egg yolk and as this cheese ages, flavours of yeasty marmite develop.