The Cheese Barrel opens to the public on Wednesday 8th August but I was lucky enough to attend a launch event with an Olive Farm member - two hours of sampling superb wine, cheese, coffee and chocolate. As I'm not a great lover of cheese, I was reluctant to join my friends for a cheese and wine tasting afternoon but I was swayed by the lure of the wine tasting. The afternoon was an absolute pleasure, not only were the cheeses matched perfectly with the wines but we were also treated to the insights of a cheese expert talking about each of the cheeses and fourth generation winemaker Anthony Yurisich, taking us through the wines.
The presentations were both humorous and informative and the pair had obviously had great fun in deciding the menu for the day. Each wine matched the cheeses perfectly and each cheese or wine tasted beautiful on its own but the tastes complimented one another, bringing out extra flavour.
The Cheese Barrel is a unique initiative and the first cheese café to open in Western Australia, if not in Australia. The café sources both local and international produce and the cheese selection on offer should suit any palette.
The café has a unique ambience, the inside area is perfectly designed with wine barrels recycled as tables and palettes built up as seating around the barrels giving it a rustic feel but with a modern façade. The spacious outer decking area boasts panoramic views of the beautiful Susannah Brook.
The café also serves locally sourced coffee and Parisian baguettes and pastries. I am unable to vouch for the baguettes or pastries as they were not on offer at the launch event, but I would imagine the standard would be as exceptional as the cheese and wine. The coffee is of a superb standard.
I look forward to spending another afternoon at the café once it is open to the public and enjoy the cheese, wine, views and atmosphere.
For the more adventurous the café is also home to The Cheese Maker – a cheese making course with a variety of classes in the art of cheese making