Albae Wine Club
Queso Manchego D.O.P. - Sheep's Milk Cheese Aged 12 Months
Manchego D.O.P Sheep's Milk Cheese (quarter wheel, half, or whole):
Once you try a Manchego this good, it's hard to go back to any other cheese. Extremely versatile when it comes to pairing, not too sharp yet not too delicate.
Enjoy it the way Spaniards do, before a meal as an appetizer with a glass of red wine, or paired with the beautifully aromatic qualities of an amontillado, fino, or manzanilla sherry. It works in salads, sandwiches, on eggs, with charcuterie, or even as a dessert with honey, membrillo, or marmalade.
This Manchego is aged for 12 months, giving it a more intense, nuttier flavour and a firmer, more brittle texture than a younger version of the cheese. Made with the milk of the Manchega breed of sheep, native to La Mancha in central Spain; a region known for its rugged wind-swept landscape dotted with the iconic windmills from Don Quixote's time.
Crafted with traditional methods and under strict quality guidelines, Gran Valle de Montecelo has the experience of three generations of passionate cheesemakers specializing in sheep's milk cheeses.
Serving Tips & Storage
The cheese can be kept either in the fridge or at room temperature. We recommend always consuming the cheese at room temperature, so it is best to remove it from the fridge several hours before eating. Slice it how you like, thin or thick, and remove the rind.
*Gold World Cheese Awards 2012.
*Super Gold World Cheese Awards 2010.
*Silver World Cheese Awards 2011.
*DLG Gold 2011 / German Agricultural Association.
*Gold World Cheese Awards 2014.
*Super Gold World Cheese Awards 2016.
*Gold World Cheese Awards 2017-2018.
*Silver World Cheese Awards 2018-2019.
*Silver World Cheese Awards 2019-2020.
Manchego is characterized by its balanced creamy, tangy, and sweet flavour combined with a nuttiness and tingle on the tongue typical of sheep's milk cheese. It's not too sharp although it gains sharpness with age, as well as a more granular flaky texture. This cheese is another staple of Spanish cuisine and you'll find that Manchego lingers on your palate but it disappears quickly from your plate.