The Snake Bite is the strongest cheese in the Fromart portfolio.
An aged (10 to 14 months) Swiss Alpine cheese, the Snake Bite is made from cow’s milk produced by Swiss Brown cattle in Northern Switzerland.
In our maturation room, we regularly “wash” the Snake Bite with a special brine solution. This “washing” enhances its distinctive aromas and flavours and gives the rind its ruddy, onion skin colour.
In appearance, the cheese is a pale buttercup yellow with random holes ranging from lentil to green pea in size.
You will discover notes of sherry, honey, walnuts and butterscotch in the strong and pungent bouquet.
In the mouth, its texture is quite firm, almost hard, and each mouthful delivers the slight crunch associated with classic aged cheeses.
The cheese displays full-bodied flavours that are sharp, spicy, and savoury across the palate. Its intense and enduring aftertaste has a subtle saltiness that complements the overall impressions of strength and complexity.
A robust cheese like this demands a substantial wine. Try it with Chianti, a Rutherglen shiraz or a full-bodied, wooded chardonnay from McLaren Vale.
Snake Bite is delightful on its own, or served with other strong cheeses, like, for example, an aged English Cheddar. It will add bite to any gratin dish or simply grilled on toast makes a fine supper snack.