IT’S onwards and upwards for Barry Charlton and Cheryl Hulls of Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese who have just added to their incredible achievements in the 2017 Australian Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) awards last month.
Last week, at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show, their Riverine Blue was named the Grand Champion Dairy Product of the Show with an almost perfect score of 19.2, winning gold medals for the Riverine Blue, Tarwin Blue and Oak Blue, plus silvers for Charlton’s Choice, a sheep milk blue and Mossvale Blue.
It was actually the Mossvale Blue which was award the ‘Most Outstanding Show Exhibit’ at the DIAA awards on May 11, so go figure.
But not content with sweeping the National and State cheese awards, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese is taking on the world again in July, entering four cheeses in the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich, just south of Liverpool, judged on Tuesday, July 25.
“We’ve sent away four cheeses this year,” said master cheesemaker Barry Charlton this week.
“We’ve gone with the Mossvale Blue and Tarwin Blue, both dairy cow cheeses, the River Rind which is a buffalo cheese and Charlton’s Choice, a sheep milk cheese.
“It’s fingers’ crossed until July 25 but we’re pretty busy at the moment, which is good.”
Cheryl and Barry were actually away last month when the DIAA Australian awards were announced and were delighted to hear of their success again.
As well as winning the DTS Food Assurance Award for the most outstanding show exhibit for Mossvale Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese also took off the IXOM Award for the highest scoring blue cheese and the Savannah Bio-Systems Perpetual Shield for the highest scoring non-cheddar cheese and the Amcor Flexibles Award for the highest scoring cheese, all of them for Mossvale Blue.
And they scored gold medals for Mossvale Blue with an incredible score of 19.33, for Oak Blue with 18.33 and Tarwin Blue with 18.00.
They scored silver for their Bellingham Blue with the very respectable score of 17.83.
Other Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula cheesemakers also had success including BoatShed Cheese of Dromana which won a national silver medal for their Compass Gold Washed Rind, Maffra Cheese Company who took gold in the cheddar cheese-rinded class for their Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar and Coles Vintage Gippsland Club Cheddar and silver medals for Coles Pickled Onion and Chilli Gippsland Club Cheddar, Coles Wensleydale and Cranberry Gippsland Club Cheese.
Lactalis Jindi took out a national silver medal for their Jindi Deluxe Blue, Emporium Double Cream Camembert, the President Camembert, Jindi Camembert, President Double Cream Brie, and President Double Brie cheeses.