The Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir was simply made for summertime sipping. Unpretentious, beautifully balanced and full of flair, it marries strawberry and apple flavours with a crisp finish.
Combining Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir with fresh strawberries and thyme results in granita: a luscious, delicately flavoured frozen dessert. The perfect show-stopping conclusion to a lavish dinner, it’s also brilliant served as a palate cleanser served during a multi-course feast.
We also rather like it by the pool when the mercury is soaring and you fancy something stylish to cool you down.
Ingredients (serves six):
- 250 ml (1 cup) Spier Signature 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.
The Spier Signature Chardonnay / Pinot Noir is available from leading retailers or shop.spier.co.za.