The Gruyère has its origin right in the heart of the foothills of the Fribourg Alps. It is undeniably one of the most influential Swiss cheeses with its history dating back to the pre-Roman era. This particular Gruyère has been fully matured over 18 months and enjoys an aromatic-fruity flavour with a savoury, salty base.
The great balance of this particular Gruyère stems from the fact that during the last 6 months of its maturation, it is only washed in pure water than the usual salt brine. This allows the cheese to retain more of its natural flavours without getting overly salty.
Being a true AOC cheese (AOC stands for ‘appellation d’origine contrôlée’ translating to ‘controlled designation of origin’) the Sélection Beeler Gruyère underlies strict quality controls only awarded to certain regional products made using only traditional methods and know-how.
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 9am (Sydney time) that day. You will get a tracking number to follow your parcel’s progress.