Wilde Weide is a Dutch Boerenkaas (meaning farmhouse) Gouda made by Jan and Roos van Schie on their family farm near Warmond, South Holland. Their farm is situated on a lake island, or polder, called Zwanburgerpolder within The Netherlands ‘green heart’, famed for its beauty and rich agricultural landscape. The milk used comes from the van Schie’s own organic Montbelliarde herd. The use of the Montbelliarde cow for dairy farming is rare in the Netherlands. However, Jan and Roos were inspired to make cheese using this less popular breed after tasting local cheeses on a family holiday in Franche-Comté.
Wilde Weide means wild meadow in Dutch and reflects the diet their small herd of cows enjoy which includes a rich variety of grasses, flowers and herbs that are naturally and biodynamically grown in the meadows of the farm. Batches of Wilde Weide are regularly collected by L’Amuse and matured for around 12 months before being selected and sent to us. At which point, the straw-coloured paste is speckled with small amino crystals and has a smooth but crumbly texture. The flavour profile is mildly sweet with sharper notes of whiskey and a fruity acidity on the finish.