The Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir was made for summertime sipping. Balanced, unpretentious, and full of flair, it marries strawberry and apple flavours with a crisp finish.
While delightful at brunch, on a picnic, or alone with a good book, the Spier winemaking team also recommends combining it with fresh strawberries and thyme to create granita: a luscious, delicately flavoured frozen dessert. The perfect show-stopping conclusion to a lavish dinner, this granita is also brilliant as a palate cleanser served during a multi-course feast.
The hardest part is simply remembering to make the granita a day ahead – as it needs to spend at least overnight in the freezer.
Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Granita Recipe
250 ml (1 cup) Spier Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
1/2 cup regular white sugar
4 sprigs thyme
250 g fresh strawberries, stalks/hulls removed
a squirt of fresh lemon juice
Place half the wine in a small saucepan with the sugar and thyme. Heat to the beginning of a simmer, then remove the pan from the heat, swirling until the sugar has dissolved.
In a blender, add the remaining wine, strawberries and lemon juice. Remove the thyme sprigs from the hot syrup mixture, then add the syrup to the blender. Blend on high speed to a very smooth pulp.
Transfer to a wide plastic container, cover with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate overnight (or longer, but not less than 8 hours). The granita will never freeze completely due to the alcohol and sugar content.
At serving time, quickly use a fork to scrape the granita into the desired number of glasses.
Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir is available from Spier’s tasting room and leading retailers, or order online for delivery to your door at shop.spier.co.za
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