Dalewood Fromage’s signature cheese, the 12-month matured Huguenot, has been crowned as South Africa’s Dairy Product of the Year for 2016. Thisbrushed rindcheese with its complexnutty flavour and firm texture received top honours at the South African Dairy Championships on Wednesday 27 April. What makes this achievement truly remarkable is that it isthe second time in the past three years that the Huguenot has won this prestigious awardwhile puttingno less than 885 other dairy products in the shade during this year’s Championships.
Dalewood Fromage received two Qualité Awards at the Championships; one each for their 6 and 12 months matured Huguenot cheeses.The Qualité Award is the mark of excellence for dairy products in South Africa andDalewood Fromage has now received no less than 10 Qualités since they first entered the competition in 2001. The Huguenot is also the only South African Cheese to have won super gold medals at the World Cheese Awards – twice in 2010 and 2014.
Dalewood farm is situated on the beautifulFranschhoek-Simondium Roadin the heart of the Cape Winelands. Dalewood Fromage’s unique cheese making methods were formulated by owner Rob Visser, who studied Dairy Technology, spent time in France sniffing out traditional cheese making secrets and after countless cheese tastings and years of experimenting, still remains true to this farmstead’s goal to make artisanal cheeses.