Ossau Iraty is a semi hard sheep's milk cheese made in the South-West of France in Basque Country. This incredible cheese was made an AOP in 1980 to protect the manufacturing process and ensuring that the cheese be made with only two breeds of ewes, Manech and Basco-Béarnaise. Ossau Iraty has a very oily, buttery and creamy feel and the taste can vary from nutty and fruity to subtle aromas of grass and flowers.
Country of origin: France
Region, town: Basque Country
Source of milk: Sheep's Milk
Texture: Semi Hard cheese
Flavour: fruity, herbaceous and nutty
Aging time: minimum 80 days
Serving Suggestion: Why not enjoy this cheese like the locals in Basque Country and pair it with some black cherry jam and baguette.
Wine Pairing: Ossau Iraty is complimented by a full-bodied, fruity red like, Zinfandel, Tempranillo or Syrah.