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Melbourne’s Chocolate Dr Creates Vegan Chocolate Delights from Aussie Shiraz
Famed for her innovative chocolate creations, Dr Hanna Frederick of Mámor Chocolates & High Tea Szalón is back to her creative best, this time creating chocolates infused with red wine from McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Hanna isn’t your average chocolatier. A food chemist by profession, she loves a culinary challenge and has already brought the world Kangaroo salami chocolate, beer infused chocolate, garlic chocolate, and even aphrodisiac chocolate to rave reviews. Now she turns her attention to the produce of her adopted country along with the flavours of red wines from ‘the greatest wine region in the world’ along with spicy and delicious local ingredients. “The wines of Australia are just extraordinary,” says Hanna. “We’ve done chocolate wine-matching before, but never with wine-flavoured chocolate, so we thought, let’s do it!”
She partnered with a local wine distributor Re-Find Wines for the project, eventually opting for a Way Wood Shiraz 2009 (McLaren Vale) as the perfect ingredient for her chocolate creations.
And after a month of experimentation, the result is two outstanding examples of chocolate couture that would inspire any dedicated foodie.
Hanna’s Mámor ‘Red Onion Comfit Chocolate Truffle’ has glorious Way Wood Shiraz, balsamic vinegar, and orange marmalade tastes.
And her finale, the Mámor ‘Poached Pear Chocolate’ combines Shiraz with lemon, cinnamon, Victorian Pepperberry, and well-ripened, locally grown Corelli pears.
Hanna said that the ingredients certainly presented their challenges, but likewise inspired surprising results.
“We had so much fun creating these chocolates, making sure that there were many delicious flavours, but ensuring that the rich tones of the Shiraz shone through,” says Hanna.
“We couldn’t add cream to some of the ingredients, so experimented with spring water instead, which resulted in a wonderfully tasty, yet low-fat chocolate – in fact both chocolates are able to be labeled Vegan, something we intend to do a lot more!
“They may be the first of many Vegan truffles in Melbourne?!” said Hanna.
Andrew Wood, wine maker for Way Wood and sommelier, praised the complementary wine and chocolate making philosophy and noted the subtleties of the Mámor wine match.
“We were just delighted by the chocolate creations Hanna developed from our Way Wood Shiraz,” says James Atkinson of Re-Find Wines.
“Hanna’s abilities with chocolate are un-matched and it is an honour to see her in action with our Shiraz.
“We often say that there are chocolate notes in our Shiraz, but now we can say there is Shiraz in our chocolate!” he said.
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James Atkinson; Re-Find Wine, Rediscover Real Australian Wine; Mobile: 0408377702; email: [email protected]