Sleeping Giant (Sheep Hard Cheese)


Named for Te Mata Peak which towers 399 metres above the Heretaunga Plains, Sleeping Giant is a sheep cheddar-style cheese.

Made in large wheels (15-18kg each) from pure Hawke’s Bay sheep milk it is aged for 16-24 months which means that crystals have started to form – a sign of a well-aged cheese. It has a firm texture, with notes of sweet pineapple when it first hits the palate, that progresses to a delicate nutty flavour. This cheese is reminiscent of Spanish Manchego.

Try shaving Sleeping Giant across a salad or add slices to a sandwich with tomato and salad greens. Make a sensational pizza of Sleeping Giant, fresh tomatoes and olives.

Try Sleeping Giant with the following foods: almonds; dates; fresh figs, grapes; green olives; quince paste or jelly.

Try Sleeping Giant with the following beverages: aromatic whites such as Sauvignon Blanc; full-bodied red wines such as Tempranillo; fortified wines; dry sherry.

NZ Champions of Cheese Awards – Bronze Medal 2016, Bronze Medal 2015

Recipes using Origin Earth Sleeping Giant.

Nutritional Information (calculated)

Ingredients: Hawke’s Bay sheep milk, culture, coagulant, salt

Serving size: 28g

Average per serving:
Energy 325kJ
Protein 8.8g
Fat 6.3g
- saturated 4.2g
Carbohydrates 0.05g
Sodium 309mg
Calcium 138mg

Nutritional values vary seasonally


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