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Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Granita

This summer, celebrate with bottle or Spier Signature Chardonnay or Pinot Noir granita.

15/12/2020

 

 

When summer is in full swing and family and friends are gathering together or the holidays - if lockdown regulations allow! - grab a bottle of Spier Signature Chardonnay or Pinot Noit to make a fresh granita for entertaining.

Both Spier Signature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are full or flair, beautifully balanced and, of course, unpretentious. The flavours perfectly blends apple and strawberry notes for a crisp finish that slides over the tongue. Both wines are perfect to accompany a picnic or brunch or to sit back and relax with a good book.

 Bring cool freshness to your summertime dining by accompanying these wines with plump, fresh strawberries and a hint of thyme to present a delicately flavoured granita to finish off the perfect meal or to serve as a palate cleanser between courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT IS A GRANITA?

If you are a fan of MasterChef or My Kitchen Rules, both of which I love, you will no doubt have seen the contestants making or referring to a granita. Simply put, a granita is similar to a sorbet but it is frozen in a dish so that it can be easily scraped into a serving dish or glass. Traditionally, granita does not contain alcohol but rather assorted flavourings or syrups, but when you want to add more pizzazz to your meals, you can add almost any type of acohol, particularly tequila, rum, gin or wine.

When making a granita, you can flavour it with anything from cappachino to strawberries. Add your choice of alcohol if you want to get the party started!

 

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HOW TO MAKE GRANITA

The winemakers at Spier offer a simple yet sophisticated recipe for making a frozen dessert to accompany your festive celebrations. The most difficult part of this recipe is to remember to make it the day before so that it has time to freeze overnight. Here's how to create the Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Granita.

SERVES 6

 

YOU WILL NEED:

1 cup your choice of Spier Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

1 cup of fresh strawberries, cleaned

1/2 cup of sugar

4 sprigs of fresh thyme

Dash of lemon juice

 

 

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HERE'S HOW:

 

1. In a small saucepan, combine half the wine with the sugar and add the sprigs of thyme. Bring to a slow simmer and remove from the heat before it boils. Gently stir until the remaining sugar is dissolved. Carefully remove the sprigs of thyme.

2. Pour the remaining wine plus the strawberries into a blender and add a dash of lemon juice. Slowly add the hot syrup mixture and blend to a very smooth pulp on high speed.

3. Transfer to a square or rectangular glass or plastic container and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate overnight to chill. You don't have to worry that the granita will freeze solid, as the alcohol and sugar content will prevent this from occurring.

4. Just before serving, use a clean fork to scrape the surface of the granita and place into serving glasses and garnish with fresh thyme.