Cheese Review

Holy Goat La Luna (Castlemaine, VIC)

Holy Goat La Luna
Holy Goat La Luna

Holy Goat La Luna: Review

Iconic Australian goat’s milk cheese. If somebody only knows the name of one Australian artisan goat’s cheese then it is likely to be Holy Goat La Luna. It’s made from pastuerised organic goat’s milk using non-animal rennet. The white wrinkled outer is lovely to look at so as a consequence this cheese will make a platter look better. Typical of goat’s cheese the flavour is dominated by clean, mineral and vegetable/herbal tones. What makes this cheese stand up is the balance. Unlike some goat’s cheeses La Luna is not “too goaty” – that overpowering flavour that is too much. So, this cheese is a “go to”. It deserves its lofty reputation.

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There are many artisan goat’s cheese makers in Australia. Meredith Dairy is probably the producer easiest to find. Amongst the other leading lights are (in no particular order) Holy Goat, Woodside, and Stone and Crow. You can see them all here. Of note

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Wine Matching | Wine Pairing

Full bodies white like a chardonnay. Are try a dry sherry. Or see my cheese and wine pairing guide for more options.

Where to Buy

This cheese is fairly easy to get hold of in specialist cheese shops and some farmers markets in Victoria, though it has not reached major grocery chains. There’s limited distribution beyond Victoria. Penny’s Cheese Shop in Sydney is a stockist. Australians can buy direct online too. I got mine from Ripe in Melbourne,.

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