Wildfire (Washed Rind)
A light washed rind cow's milk cheese in the French Reblochon style (an alpine cow's milk cheese). The Wildfire, named after a damaging bush fire near Little River Estates creamery in Nelson, exhibits smokiness, and the familiar washed rind bitterness. Texturally the cheese holds its form at room temperature, and the distinctive red washed rind adds a distinctive visual appeal.
A sweeter fruit paste, quince, cherry or plum, to balance the mild bitterness of the washed rind.
Wine / Beer Match :
A smokey Pinot Noir or Syrah will pair well. The cheese is mildly flavoured, so a fruit bomb is not necessary.