Manchego 12 month
by Gran Valle de Montecelo. Product of Spain.
Manchego is a Spanish cheese made from sheep's milk. Aged for a minimum of 12 month.
This remarkable cheese has been made in La Mancha since the time of the Romans. However, it is now produced in large, modern co-operatives and the milk is frequently pasteurized, but this has not markedly altered the flavor.
To qualify for the famous Manchego label, the cheese must be firm and dry, yet rich and creamy. Only sheep’s milk from La Mancha may be used. The distinctive pattern on the waxed rind - originally the result of encircling the curd with a plaited (braided) band of esparto grass - must be visible. The color of the wax denotes the age of the cheese.
Suggested wine pairing: Tempranillo or Rioja
Ingredients: pasteurized sheep's milk, salt, cheese cultures, calcium chloride lysozyme (from egg white), rennet.
Approximately 6 lb wheel.