King Island Dairy’s award winning products are enjoyed by cheese lovers around Australia, and the world. Situated in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and Mainland Australia, King Island’s unique microclimate of mineral rich soils, cool annual temperatures, abundant rainfall and consistent salt spray results in incredibly lush pastures. It’s rare that Mother Nature creates an environment so perfect for honoring the art of cheese making.
Grazing on salty grass, the cows produce a sweet, unusually rich milk. Sourced from just a handful of local farms, the milk is delivered fresh to King Island Dairy daily so all cheeses can be made on Kind Island from 100% King Island milk.
King Island Dairy’s “Roaring Forties Blue” was awarded Grand Champion Blue Cheese in the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Named after the infamous Roaring Forties gales that frequently whip around the Island at more than 100km per hour, this blue cheese is full flavored, with a sweet and slightly fruity character. Pair this award winning cheese with fresh pears or muscatel grapes, fig paste and pecan nuts, with wholemeal biscuits or a crusty baguette. This product is also a perfect addition to a crisp salad, creamy pasta dish or on top of a gourmet pizza.
Milk produced by King Island dairy farmers has the equal lowest somatic cell count in the world. This isa key indicator of the health of the cow and quality of the milk. This confirms that King Island dairy have the healthiest cows and the highest quality milk in the world. Due the highest class raw ingredient (milk) King Island cheese is unmatched for quality.
King Island has the richest/most nutritional pastures in Australia due to the volcanic soils and high annual average rainfall of 855mm (33.6”) which is distributed evenly over the year. Local legend has it that the Island’s unusual mixture of milk producing grasses grew from seeds that were washed ashore in straw mattresses from French shipwrecks. The French explorers who were anchored off King Island in 1802 could not have foreseen that these shores held the secrets to the production of cheeses and dairy products superior to those of their homeland.
The average annual temperature on King Island is 10°C (50°F) with a maximum temperature of 17°C (63°F) – these temperatures create a utopia for dairy cows. King Island is a small island with a low population, which means fresh air from the sea is constantly blowing over the island and there is no air pollution, creating pristine air conditions.
King Island cheese is all handmade, so modifications can be made during the cheese making process, unlike a mechanized cheese plant. Head cheesemaker, Swiss born Ueli Burger is passionate and experienced, having received numerous industry awards over a 25 year career.