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Balfour

Balfour
Photo Credit: The Gibbston Valley Cheese Company
  • Made from sheep's milk

  • Country of origin: New Zealand

  • Region: Queenstown

  • Type: hard

  • Texture: crumbly, flaky and grainy

  • Rind: natural

  • Flavour: nutty, sweet

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: The Gibbston Valley Cheese Company

New Balfour is a sheep's milk cheese from New Zealand made by the Gibbston Valley Cheese Company. It is hard-pressed style of cheese characterized by a crumbly and grainy texture with sweet flavour and nutty overtones of Southland sheep milk. The Balfour is similar to a young Italian Pecorino and tastes perfect when shaved on Italian dishes such as pastas and risottos.  It goes well with Central Otago fruit on the cheeseboard. Make sure to pair it with an appropriate wine such as Unoaked Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.