In Switzerland this Gruyère is often labelled as Gruyère Surchoix. It’s matured longer than the Gruyère “Classic” and therefore has a more pronounced flavour with a firm, slightly crumbly texture and hints of calcium crystals throughout. This Gruyère is brilliant for everyday eating.
Quality raw milk
The cows giving milk destined to the production of Le Gruyère AOP feed exclusively on natural silage-free fodder without any additives. They are fed fresh grass in the summer and hay in the winter.
At the dairy
In copper vats, the milk from the morning’s milking is added to that from the previous evening’s milking. The cheese maker adds the lactic acid bacteria that will mature the milk and rennet that will cause the milk to coagulate. Since the milk isn’t heated before coagulating, it retains all its aromas – a unique characteristic of raw milk cheese.
Maturation in the cheese cellar
After three months of storage in the cheese maker’s cellar, the wheels are transported to an ripening cellar. There they complete their slow maturation 10 months at a temperature of 15°C and humidity of 90%. During this phase, the cheese wheels are regularly turned and rubbed with a salt water solution.
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How we wrap your cheese
Freshness of your cheese is important to us. That’s why – unless noted differently in the description – we package all of our cheese in vacuum bags to help minimize travel impacts. However, we understand that some of you prefer cheese being wrapped in cheese wrap. This option is available to you for a small fee (it takes more time to package the cheese this way, that’s why we charge you a little bit more). Unless specifically noted in the description, all cheese will generally have a best before date of at least 14 days, vacuum packed cheese generally about 2 months. Please note that with cheese this is often only a guidance date and does not necessarily mean the cheese will be of lesser quality beyond that date. In fact many soft(er) cheeses are best kept close to or until after that date for maximum ripeness.
How the cheese gets to you
All Alpine Express cheese are shipped in environmentally friendlier, insulated cardboard boxes. The cheese is bolstered with recycled packing paper & kept cold with an food grade ice gel pack. It is shipped via Australia Post’s Express Post service. Please check if your delivery postcode is part of it, or see Australia Post’s Express Delivery Estimator (origin is ‘Brisbane Metro’) . Customers residing in the Brisbane Metro area can also arrange a free pick-up from our prep kitchen at The Small Crop, Wynnum or choose the local courier service in which case dispatch and delivery will be on Thursdays (through same day delivery).
Unless noted otherwise, all Cheese Boxes are sent on Wednesdays with an order cut-off time at 10am (Sydney time) that day. You will get a tracking number to follow your parcel’s progress.