Belton Farm Wensleydale. Wensleydale is a historic fresh, mild cheese originally made in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. This Wensleydale is made to a traditional bespoke recipe that gives the cheese its distinctive characteristics. Wensleydale is crumbly and delicate with mellow notes of honey. The flavour, however, suggests wild honey balanced with fresh acidity. This Wensleydale was also Awarded the Wensleydale Cup at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2019.
Production of Wensleydale Cheese
Traditionally, sheep’s milk was used, but over the time cow’s milk was also used. Today, Wensleydale is produced mainly from pasteurised cow’s milk with sheep’s milk added to enhance the flavour. There are producers of Wensleydale in parts of the UK, mainly in Shropshire and Cheshire.
Wensleydale is creamy-white in colour has a supple, crumbly, moist and flaky texture. It appears therefore similar to a young Caerphilly. The flavour is mild, clean, and slightly sweet with hints of wild honey savour and fresh acidity. As it ages the cheese develops a fuller, deeper flavour as well becomes firmer. In addition, Wensleydale cheese is available in truckles/cylinders or block-shaped in varying shapes and sizes up to 25kg.
Serving Wensleydale Cheese
Wensleydale goes well with fruit cake, apple and is a perfect accompaniment during lunchtime or tea time. It also tastes delicious with hot desserts like fruit pies and crumbles. It is the king of cheeseboard where its fresh, milky sweetness and robust flavours rule the roost. The flavour of Wensleydale is suited to combination with sweeter produce, such as fruit. In Yorkshire, apple pie may therefore be accompanied by white Wensleydale, giving rise to the saying ‘an apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze‘. In Yorkshire and North East England, it is often eaten with fruit cake or Christmas cake. Eat with a nice Merlot, a Sauvignon Blanc or a Premium Bitter.
Great Yorkshire Show 2019 – Gold Award and Wensleydale Cup Winner
British Cheese Awards 2019 – Gold Award Winner