Marinaded Goat Cheese (Meredith Dairy)
Located about 100 kilometers from Melbourne, Meredith Dairy is the largest farm-producer of goat milk products in Australia. The owners, Sandy and Julie Cameron, have created an award-winning business that focuses on sustainable agricultural practices and continuous research into animal husbandry. This focus on sustainability means that the Farm does not grow any GMO crops and it also means that portions of the property have been set-aside as native habitat where the grazing animals are not allowed. Meredith Dairy has also replanted thousands of indigenous trees on the property as windbreaks and to prevent soil erosion. With a flock of 2500 goats and 2500 sheep, the Cameron’s have put into place an animal husbandry schedule that ensures that milk is available year around. At any given time, a quarter of each herd is pregnant and a quarter have given birth. The animals are fed a mixture of grain and hay, and are also put out to pasture during the spring and summer months. The results of these practices are not only a thriving farm, but also a constant supply of fresh milk that is then turned into cheese, yogurt and other dairy products.
Meredith’s Marinated Goat Cheese is one their most popular products. It has a fresh goat cheese flavor with a good balance of acidity and salt. This is enhanced by the olive oil and spices that it is marinated in.
The cheese is produced to pair specifically with sparkling wines, but it also pairs nicely with Semillon or an Oaked Chardonnay.