Taste of the Vine

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This is an excerpt from Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheese, due to be published late 2019.

Whilst David Jowett’s youth may belie his substantial experience, the quality of his two unique creations does not. His eye was turned towards cheese whilst working as a chef in his late teens and he left the kitchen to work for Paxton and Whitfield. A familiarization trip to Ram Hall, creator of Berkswell, further fanned the flame of his ambitions and he took up an internship there before embarking on The School of Artisan Food’s Advanced Diploma, then the country’s most advanced cheesemaking qualification. Lessons learned under the equally talented Val Bines and Ivan Larcher propelled David into spells at Neal’s yard, the US’s Jasper Hill Dairy and two years as cheesemaker at Gorsehill Abbey. Possibly thinking time was against him (at nearly twenty-five!) he decided to strike out on his own. In 2015 he formed a partnership with the Hayne family at King Stone Farm to transform its pasture, rich with herbage and native grasses, into Rollright, the first of his creations. Named after the nearby Neolithic Rollright Stones, Rollright won followers at the highest levels from the first releases, and has evolved to become a new British classic. It has been joined by Evenlode and both cheeses reflect the quality of the pasture, the breed and of course David’s ever-inquisitive mind.

Herd size 30 Small breed
Animal Cow Breed Brown Swiss, Jersey, Geurnsey, Ayrshire, Shorthorn, British Friesian
Single herd Farm made
Traditional method

Rollright

A spruce-lined buttery creation with an even, oozing core with savoury nut and herbal notes and a rind that’s a course in itself: macadamia, crystalised game and procini.

Aromatic off dry white, light red, medium cider or malty ale.

National wholesalers and regional cheesemongers. See website.

Weight 250g, 500g, 1kg
Shape Disk
Small breed
Single herd
Rennet Animal
Animal Cow
Style Soft Washed-rind

Evenlode

A rich cheese with warm hay and floral notes over chanterelle mushroom on the nose and milled multi seed flavours clenched in a semi-firm palate of warmed floral cream.

Semi sweet white, mead, malty ale.

National wholesalers and regional cheesemongers. See website.

Weight 400g, 1kg
Shape Disk
Small breed
Single herd
Rennet Animal
Animal Cow
Style Semi-soft Washed-rind