Spier’s Chardonnay Pinot Noir Granita

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Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Granita

The Spier Signature Chardonnay Pinot Noir was simply made for easy summertime sipping.

Unpretentious, beautifully balanced and full of flair, it marries strawberry and apple flavours with a crisp finish. It’s delightful at brunch, on a picnic, or just for you alone with a good book. The Spier winemaking team recommends combining it with fresh strawberries and thyme to create a granita: a luscious, delicately flavoured frozen dessert. Think wine Slush Puppy and you’re almost there!

The perfect show-stopper to a lavish dinner, this granita is a scintillating palate cleanser when served during a multi-course feast.

The hardest part is 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:

(serves 6)


• 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


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. At serving time, quickly use a fork to scrape the granita into the desired number of glasses.

About the Spier Signature Chardonnay Pinot Noir:

This salmon-coloured summertime sipper is elegant, unpretentious and beautifully balanced, marrying strawberry and apple flavours with a crisp finish. Whether you need a tipple for brunch, paella dinner, a picnic — or simply something to enjoy while reading in the sun — this sublime Spier Signature Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir adds understated flair to any occasion.

Available from Spier’s tasting room and leading retailers or order online for delivery to your door: shop.spier.co.za


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