Mornington Peninsula’s best wine and cheese pairings

Travelling Well | RACV | Posted on 03 December 2020

Discover Mornington Peninsula’s cheese and wine with RACV Cape Schanck Resort.

Bread and butter, bacon and eggs, cookies and milk – some things just belong together. One such match made in heaven is wine and cheese; there’s nothing quite like a decadent platter of creamy bries, bitey cheddars and pungent blues to go with a rich, full-bodied glass of red or a crisp drop of white.

With an abundance of local cheese and wine makers across the Mornington Peninsula, the platters at RACV Cape Schanck Resort make for the epitome of locally sourced temptation. To help you decide which fromage and vino combination is right for you, Cape Schanck's executive chef Josh Pelham and wine program manager Aaron Christian reveal their favourite local wine and cheese matches to help you recreate your own perfectly paired platter at home.

Four mouthwatering Mornington Peninsula cheese and wine pairs 

BoatShed Cheese Compass Gold & Merricks Creek Shiraz

When it comes to local fromage, Josh says Boatshed's Compass Gold, from Dromana, is one of his personal favourites, which is why he loves being able to have it on the menu.

"This is a strong and pungent style of cheese and this one has been washed with some pale ales so you want to have something that’s quite big and boisterous to go with it," Aaron says. "Most people think cheese is just for after dessert – but that’s not necessarily the case. You can actually have cheese to finish off that bottle of red wine after your last savoury course so that you can then progress into a sweet wine to go with the dessert."

Pair it with: The 2018 Merricks Creek Shiraz. "This cheese works perfectly with this big, juicy, black cherry style of shiraz," Aaron says.

BoatShed Chelsea Blue & Hickinbotham Noble Sauvignon 

Another BoatShed beauty is the bitey Chelsea Blue. "It’s a cow’s milk cheese," says Josh, "and it's probably my pick of the bunch."

Aaron says this is a classic Roquefort style of cheese that has a sweet, nutty flavour. "You've got a lot of salt happening in this style of cheese so you want to have a nice, sweet balance to go with it," he says. "A classic pairing is a botrytis semillon; the acid in it will actually help rinse your palate as well."

Pair with: The 2016 Hickinbotham Noble Sauvignon from Dromana. "It’s got all the texture and acid that you want," Aaron says. 

Main Ridge Caprinella Goat’s Cheese & Mantons Creek Trio

If textural cheeses are your thing, Aaron recommends the soft Caprinella goat's cheese from Main Ridge. He says it's aged for a minimum of three months which gives it a subtle salty, earthy characteristic and mild, nutty aftertaste. "This is quite a textural style of cheese that will start to fill your mouth so you want to have something with a high acid to help rinse the palate," he says.

Pair with: The 2016 Mantons Creek Estate Trio. "It’s a blend of three grapes – muscat, pinot grigio and gewurtztraminer," Aaron says. "It's a very very unique blend that you will not find anywhere else."

Red Hill Cheese Portsea Picnic & Crittenden Estate Savagnin 

Red Hill's tangy Portsea Picnic is another gorgeous goat’s milk variety in a semi-hard style. "It's quite a salty style of cheese," Aaron says, who recommends pairing it with a wine that's a little bit different.

Pair with: The 2015 Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur Savagnin. "This was actually made in a Sherry style so it works really nicely with the texture in the cheese, especially if you’re having it with some of our maple-coated walnuts as well," Aaron says.

Ultimate accoutrements

No cheese platter would be complete without delectable accompaniments. "Seasonal grapes, dried apricots, candied walnuts, fresh apple and local honey – for me they’re the classic, quintessential cheese-plate garnishes," Josh says.

Book your next cheese and wine road trip

Indulge in an expertly curated cheese board featuring Josh and Aaron's favourite local varieties, complemented by locally sourced honey and lavosh, and perfectly paired with matching wines, at RACV's Cape Schanck Resort.

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