October 10th 2017
Which cheese best complements your favourite Church Road wine varietal?
We take the guess work out of wine and cheese matching by noting our top duos...
Salty and creamy cheeses such as sheeps and goats cheese are a great option to cut through the high acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc. We particularly love matching our Sauvignon Blanc to a creamy French Brie and salty Feta or Paneer.
Light to medium bodied white wines such as Pinot Gris, like Sauvignon Blanc, will work well with creamy and salty sheep and goats cheese . However, our pick is a delicate and fresh mozzerella , or harvarti. This works well with the fruity New Zealand style of Pinot Gris.
The buttery characteristics of a Chardonnay is well deserving of a rich buttery cheese , try a double or triple cream Camenbert or Brie. Or for something different try a Gruyere or a Havarti- the stronger flavours are on pa with the stronger intensity and complex nature of a Chardonnay.
Wash-rind cheeses are our pick for Syrah. These cheeses are generally aged and more intensely flavoured ,so rather than competing for flavour, the Syrah does a fantastic job of complementing the stronger flavour of the cheese. Smoke, tobacco and cigar flavours are often dominant features of Syrah which lends itself to a complentary pairing with smoked gouda.
A medium bodied wine with a medium tannin structure such as Merlot matches well to strong y flavoured and firm cheeses such as cheddar or try a pecorino toscano or manchego for something a bit different.
This fuller bodied varietal with a high tannin structure lends itself to both strongly flavoured firm cheeses such as aged cheddars or the more pungent style of cheese such as blue. The tannins in the wine bind to the protein and fats in the cheese cleansing the palate with each mouthful.