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County: Devon

Cheese-maker: Debbie Mumford

Farm: Sharpham Estate

Style: Semi-soft

Milk Type: U, Jersey Cow

Age: 10 weeks


 Sharpham Rustic is made on the Sharpham Estate, which overlooks the slopes of the River Dart, downstream from Totnes in Devon. The estate has a vineyard, dairy and creamery, where they have been producing wine and cheese for over twenty years.

The milk is taken from their herd of Jersey cows, and it is particularly rich and creamy. The cheese was originally made in the coach yard next to the house, but, in April 2003, cheese-making was moved into a new purpose-built creamery sited next to the winery. The building is modern and bigger, but the team still employs the same traditional techniques, and the cheeses remain fully hand-produced.

Sharpham Rustic has an elliptical shape (rather like Pecorino), a deep golden curd, and a rich savoury flavour. It is a wonderful example of a talented cheese-maker, Debbie Mumford, using old skills to create a new cheese. By adding cream back into the cheese, Debbie captures the richness of a triple cream (like Pierre Robert); and then, by maturing the cheese, she creates a more concentrated flavour.

The idea of fresh chives and wild garlic came from the cows themselves. As they chewed on wild garlic while grazing in the water meadows, there was an unmistakable taint in the milk. However, as the flavour was so good, the idea of adding garlic to the cheese was born.

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