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We’re back from our Winter break with a BANG!

Ward off, the winter woes with our New Winter Menu!

We are back from our annual break with a bang!

Stellenbosch, as popularized in the dramatic and incredibly popular series, “Game of Thrones”, winter is not “coming”, but has arrived!

Who said vineyards can't be beautiful in the winter?
Who said vineyards can’t be beautiful in the winter?

The days are shorter and the nights longer; the layers of clothing increased and the will to wander out and about, decreased. To invigorate the wanderlust in the food & wine enthusiasts lurking under their heated blankets, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne launches its delectable Winter Food & Wine Pairing Menu 2015, featuring hearty dishes to accompany the chilly season.

Guests can look forward to starting their culinary experience with a starter of Cauliflower, Parsnip and Truffle Soup; served with parmesan crisps, pan fried enoki mushrooms and a parsley pesto; paired with our lightly oaked Chardonnay. This is the perfect way to start a leisurely fuss-free; outer-city dining experience.

The Food & Wine Pairing Menu – which allows you to ‘do lunch in style’ without having to break the bank – has also been given a welcome winter whirl. This sumptuous 4-course menu costs R298 per head and each of the four courses are served with a glass of matching Clos Malverne wine, which ranges from crisp Sauvignon Blanc to the estate’s multi-crowned flagship Cape Blend, Auret, and popular coffee-style pinotage, Le Café.

The fourth year running!
The fourth year running!

For those folks who might not have the luxury of time for an extended lunch, or who are only slightly peckish, the items on the Food & Wine Pairing Menu, can also be found as individual items on the A la Carte Menu Winter 2015.

Firm favourites on the menu like the Grilled Springbok Loin and Fillet Steak, are joined by new renditions of gastronomic gallantry. Dishes like the Oriental Style Pork Belly, served with crispy crackling on a bed of egg noodles with pak choi, cashew nuts, chili, lemon grass, lemon zest and an orange jus; paired perfectly with our Flagship wine, the Auret.

Can you guess what dish this is? Download our new Winter Menu and take a look!
Can you guess what dish this is? Download our new Winter Menu and take a look!

All of the wines featuring on our fresh new menu is available in elegant three packs through our wine shop; now you can have your own Dinner Party, Clos Malverne Style!

Having been on a well-deserved break for the past few weeks, Executive Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith and her expert team are eager to get back to doing what they do best: “They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and this was definitely the case with our team at the Restaurant @ Clos Malverne. In my 13 years in the hospitality industry I have never seen any of my staff been so excited to be back at work after our well-deserved winter break”, she adds.

It must have something to do with the brand new cold kitchen that was installed in their absence! The additional preparation space will allow the Restaurant to prepare for larger groups and speedier service during normal luncheons. It is not only the kitchen facilities that got a face-lift the past few weeks, the interior of the Restaurant is also boasting some brand new artwork. From vineyard inspired pieces to a regal painting of The Father of our Nation, smiling down on the dining guests.

Initiation of the new utensils and accesories
Initiation of the new utensils and accessories

Guests are invited to join us and to come and enjoy a relaxing meal off our new Winter Menu; a glass, or two of our award winning wines; efficient & expert service, all presented with love and care.

We're going on Holiday!

Important News Update

We’re going on Holiday!

and an Important News Update from Clos Malverne Wine Estate before we go.

Winter has officially arrived and in spectacular fashion! It’s been a blur the past couple of months and it’s hard to believe we’re halfway to Christmas, yes scary isn’t it?

Winter Vineyards
Winter Vineyards

It is during this cold winter months that we go into hibernation and take our annual break, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne will serve its last lunch this coming Father’s Day. After a period of well deserved rest for Executive Chef Nadia Louw-Smith and her expert team, they will be back on the 23rd of July, and with a smouldering, sassy new menu to boot! The Restaurant was also blessed to receive another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence this year for a fourth time running! We would like to thank our loyal guests and supporters without which it would not have been possible at all!

The fourth year running!
The fourth year running!

Now that the official stuff is out of the way we can tell you of all the other exciting & interesting things that transpired the past while. Our winemaker, Suzanne Coetzee, recently went on a trip to Portugal as part of her reward for placing in the 2014 Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition with our Spirit of Malverne 2012. Suzanne shares her experience:

I was fortunate enough to be part of the annual Cape Blend / Amorim tour recently.  The Clos Malverne Spirit of Malverne 2011 and 2012 was awarded as one of the Top 5 Cape Blends in the country for two consecutive years.  The prize for this award is to go on a sponsored tour to a wine producing country.The destination this year was Portugal and Spain.  We first visited the beautiful cork forests in Evora, Portugal then went onto the beautiful city of Porta.  Besides seeing the traditional Port houses in the city, we also had an extensive tour of a cork factory where the detail and intensity of cork production was overwhelming. 

Arrival in Portugal

A culinary and wine tour through the Douro valley was definitely a highlight with the breathtaking views and awe inspiring vineyards on terraces.In Spain, the Toro and Ribera del Duero regions showed us how versatile the grape Temperanillo is to work with.  Visiting wineries from ultra modern, to very traditional, the Spanish wine philosophy was nothing short of inspiring!

What makes a tour memorable is not only the destination but the people accompanying you.  Being one of only two ladies amongst 16 men on the tour ensured that there was never a shortage of humour and a lot of laughing.”

Awe inspiring vineyards on terracesBack on the farm we are hard at work blending and fining the new vintages of wines to be released in the near future and we are also preparing for a few up-coming Wine Shows (tbc).

Winter Warmer Vintage Mixed Case Offer
3 Bottles each of these Award Winning 2006 vintage Wines

For those folks that are still in the dark, no not loadshedding, about our awesome new Online Wine Shop; it is now easier than ever before to order your favourite Clos Malverne wines, in the comfort of your own home! Visit the shop now to view our Winter Warmer Vintage Mixed Case offer. These limited edition cases consist of two Award Winning 2006 Vintage wines, the Flagship Auret Cape Blend and The Pinotage Reserve respectively. Due to the rare vintage we only have a few available, so don’t delay, get your NOW!

That’s it for now, again ,our sincere thanks for the massive support we received through the first part of the year!

Kind Regards

The Clos Malverne Team

 

 

A Visit to Clos Malverne

Education in Action, in a fun way!

Reaching future wine drinkers through a fun day out.

The past weekend we were fortunate enough to have the University of Stellenbosch’s Tygerberg Campus, Wine Society, visit us here in the Valley.

In a jovial fashion, the group of 30 strong students arrived on the farm, full of eager excitement to learn about the exciting world of wine.

Before all the fun could begin, they had to learn a bit of history of Clos Malverne, where it all started, how we have evolved and where we are today. For to truly understand something you need to place yourself in the subject’s perspective. The story of Colonel Bellingham and the founding years; the first production of wine, to our anniversary of 30 years in 2015, was met with both interest and appreciation.

Students listening to the Clos Malverne story
Students listening to the Clos Malverne story

The next item on the schedule was an Ice cream & Wine Pairing, presented by our    own head-honcho of wine, Amy Simmers. She explained the various flavour      combinations and why the particular wine pairs well with the choice of Ice cream. A   firm favourite among the crowd seemed to be peanut butter and banana ice cream    that goes with our Pinotage Reserve.

Amy expanding minds
Amy doing her thing

The students undertook a guided vineyard & cellar tour to get a better    understanding of the various aspects of what goes into growing vines; the harvesting   process and the inner workings of a wine cellar. Here they were given the      opportunity to ask questions and engage, asking some pretty interesting and i  insightful things. We had to laugh when the question came: “so how many pineapples per tank do you use in your Sauvignon Blanc?”. A brief explanation on the subjects of varietal characteristics and terroir, resulted in amazed fascination.

It was a fun-filled day of laughter, new understanding and hopefully a step towards reaching more young people as to raise the level of wine appreciation in our youth. At various wine industry forums it has been discussed and highlighted how important it is to educate people about wine, may this be a good way of reaching them!

Fun in the cement kuipe
Fun in the cement kuipe

Should you wish to enquire about arranging a similar trip for your wine tasting group/business/family or friends, feel free to contact us on: info@closmalverne.co.za

 

 

 

Heading for cyber space!

Blast off to cyber space! A digital rejuvenation!

We are proud to launch our brand new website!

Stellenbosch – With Clos Malverne celebrating its 30th year of producing wine on the estate, it was time to assess the way in which they connect with their loyal supporters. As a result of this introspection, this past week saw Clos Malverne re-enter cyber space with a fresh approach, the launch of their brand new website!

This sleek new site features several design improvements; the website was overhauled with a few key factors in mind: customer engagement with easy navigable menus; access to information and the utilization of the latest technology available to bolster its online presence. Guests can now find the latest menus for the restaurant; news; wedding packages; photos and of course, their favourite Clos Malverne wines in one convenient location.

With e-commerce playing an integral part in the digital age, especially in the competitive world of wine, the timing for a digital facelift was perfect; partnering with specialist wine e-commerce establishment, Wineco, sister company to South Africa’s first online wine retailer www.cybercellar.com. The new e-shop is not only convenient; it offers customers the freedom to make up their own unique selection of wines, with no set options in terms of buying full cases of a particular wine. The e-shop is easy to browse, with a clear and concise design; secure and offers speedy delivery throughout South Africa.

Prepping for the filming of our back groud video

“We are excited to be able to offer an e-commerce solution to our customers, ensuring our wines are always available, with greater selective freedom than ever before” said Erich Zeelie, newly appointed Communications Manager. “As a winery, we want to offer as many ways to the reach the consumer as possible.” A strong focus was also placed on the new website being 100% mobile friendly, seeing that most South Africans access the internet via their mobile. “When you decide to visit a new restaurant; or look for an activity to do over the weekend, the first thing most people do is to visit the website of the establishment in question. Now if it’s slow, unresponsive or outdated, it reflects poorly on the business and more likely than not, has a negative influence on the way you perceive that business”, Erich explains further.

The new visually attractive website was developed by Stellenbosch based Bread & Butter Design; owner and chief designer, Henriette Neethling explains “Clos Malverne required a new website and their main requirements were to be able to update it themselves and make it responsive (tablet and mobile friendly).Bread And Butter Design

Most importantly however, it had to be unique while showcasing the beauty of Clos Malverne. I think what really make this site unique is the video intro on the home page. The ability to do website updates in-house allows them to keep the site fresh and interesting”.

To celebrate this newly added avenue of interaction; Clos Malverne is offering their customers the opportunity to fill up and save on their favourite wines for the coming winter, in the most convenient way possible, be it from home; the office or while commuting via their mobiles & tablets.

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What’s new in the restaurant

New menu; new pairings for the Autumn season

Stellenbosch, with the arrival of a new season, we are delighted to announce several new developments at Clos Malverne. Imagine an idyllic setting, with a panoramic view of our vineyards and autumn inspired fare, which reflects on the season of change. With our new menu you will be intrigued and your senses tantalized by a myriad of flavour combinations.

We part ways with old favourites to make room for a fresh line-up of beautiful culinary creations by Executive Chef Nadia Louw-Smith and her expert team of chefs. Not only does the new items on our menu’s, À la carte and Food & Wine pairing, look beautiful, it also brings a world of taste sensations and textures with it, that has never been tried before by our team. These options are available Tuesdays till Sundays and form the core of our offerings, providing for a nourishing day-trip out to Devon Valley.

The Food & Wine Pairing Menu features easily manageable, bite-size portions of gourmet cuisine that features on the À la carte Menu, catering for those in search of variety and omnium gatherum. Consisting of four courses, two starters; a main and a dessert, each dish is carefully paired with a glass of complimenting Clos Malverne wine (red or white). Goats cheese croquette and Saldanha Bay Mussels with Sauvignon Blanc or Pulled Pork Asian Salad with our Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and preferences

“I am extremely excited by our new menu as the dishes are so varied and unique, quite different to what we have done in the past. The Confit of duck arancini is especially tantalizing, as the combination of thyme; cashew nuts and roasted onion sauce provides for a unique flavour and texture combination,” shares Nadia.

Amidst the mains, meat lovers will rejoice to find Nadia’s Grilled Springbok Loin served with a mustard basting; cauliflower purée; sweet potato mash and seasonal vegetables from their own garden, bringing to the fore her ability to turn local cuisine into an international taste sensation. For those that live a vegetarian lifestyle, there is a Roasted Leek and Parmesan tart, with shaved parmesan; rocket salad and red pepper coulis, paired with our sensually soft Merlot.

ice-cream-wine-pairing-clos-malverneOur signature Ice cream & Wine pairing mimics the changing shades of the leaves on the vines. Passion fruit and white chocolate turns to Preserved fig and lemon; toffee, almond and vanilla ice cream makes way for Saffron and Salted Caramel; strawberry and reduced balsamic twist shifts to Peanut butter and banana and last but not least, the peppermint choc-chip ice cream is replaced by Carrot cake and pecan nut. All these new flavours are paired with complimenting wines, selected via a blind tasting by the culinary team.

Due to the nature of the transforming weather conditions, we are excited to introduce a brand new pairing option for the cooler days. Additional to the ice cream & wine pairing we will now be offering a pairing of a more savoury nature, an arancini & wine pairing. arancini and wine pairingThese stuffed and deep-fried risotto spheres will be available throughout the cooler seasons and it follows the same format as the ice cream & wine pairing, four different spheres, paired with four individual wines. Guests are invited to join us and explore this unique offering.

The Restaurant @Clos Malverne is open from Tuesdays – Sundays for lunch and has developed a loyal fan base since opening its doors in 2009, for its contemporary cuisine and value for money dining experience.

For more information regarding these menu items and limited offers, feel free to contact the estate via e-mail at info@closmalverne.co.za or at Tel (+27)21 865 2022. Menus can be downloaded directly from our website, http://www.closmalverne.co.za.The estate is reachable 08:00 – 17:00 weekly and 10:00 – 15:00 on weekends.

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Suzanne on Harvest 2015

With the last grapes of the current harvest reaching the cellar, Harvest 2015 draws to a close and another year of making exceptional wines begin.

“This year’s harvest was certainly unique and different”, says winemaker Suzanne. “We experienced a decrease in the total yield, compared to previous years, especially on the red grapes”. “What is exciting however, is the quality of the grapes we received, small bunches with a great concentration in flavour. I am particularly excited with the prospects of the Sauvignon Blanc of 2015”, she continues. The harvest was distinguished by a relatively dry season, with minimal rain during the months of January to March, significantly easing the operation and lowering the risk of disease.

vinesWith the adverse heating striking the Western Cape, the grapes had to be harvested on phenolic ripeness and not sugar levels.

VinPro M.D, Rico Basson, echoed the sentiments of Harvest 2015 in his speech at the Wine and Fruit Industry Update, at De Grendel Wine Estate, near Cape Town:

“While the 2015 South African wine grape harvest showed great promise, and domestic wine sales were at the highest level in 20 years, exports and wine producers’ and cellars’ profitability remained challenging. “Although it will be slightly smaller – close to 3% – than the record harvest in 2014, winemakers and viticulturists laud the 2015 harvest as one of remarkable quality throughout the cultivar spectrum,” he said.

It was expected that the total wine grape harvest would reach cellars by the end of this month. The harvest kicked off two weeks earlier than normal, partly owing to a warmer August, followed by a dry and hot summer, which sped up ripening.

The South African wine industry harvested close to 1.5-million tons of wine grapes, on average, for the production of about 900-million litres of natural wine a year. Exports represented 55% of natural wine sales, with the balance sold locally”.

The first Clos Malverne wine of 2015’s harvest to be released will be the Clos Malverne Sauvignon Blanc towards the end of August.

With all the grapes in the cellar, it’s off to prepare for harvest 2016!

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Clos Malverne Does ProWein 2015

Clos Malverne Does ProWein 2015: “Germany, Düsseldorf once again impressively underlined its reputation as a metropolis for the wine and spirits business: after three days of activity ProWein 2015 came to a very successful close on Tuesday, 17 March. 5,970 exhibitors from 50 nations featured in Düsseldorf. All major wine nations and cultivating regions were present in the nine exhibition halls – the “classics” from Europe and the New World as well as the more “exotic” on the international scene (like Bolivia and Armenia). No less varied was the line-up from the 420 spirits exhibitors from 30 countries. This spanned classy brandies and liqueurs through to national specialities and international classics”. – From www.prowein.com

Clos Malverne was among this great number of exhibitors to highlight their products at this auspicious event. “Being the world’s largest wine and drinks exhibition, this endeavour requires serious planning”, according to winemaker Suzanne Coetzee. “Gone are the days of producers staffing their stands with the hopes that people will choose your product by mere chance. Meetings with key partners, existing and prospective, need to be arranged weeks in advance, as the show is of such short duration. It also offers producers the opportunity to connect with customers who are already familiar with our brand. It was great seeing the Bauer’s, regular visitors to the farm and restaurant while in South Africa, who subsequently joined us for a great dinner that evening”.

prowein2Suzanne presented a further few tastings while in Germany, in Wiesbaden and Cologne respectively (after surviving a stressful episode of getting on the wrong train!), meeting up with many other loyal fans of Clos Malverne.

“Running from one meeting to the next, with trade tastings in-between, leaves one with little opportunity to try some of the fabulous wines on display, and of the few I did try, my favourite was a Cabernet Franc from Chile”, says Suzanne.

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Bike & Saddle

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Clos Malverne’s Bike & Wine Tour in Partnership with Bike & Saddle Continues to Grow in Popularity:

Since its inception in 2013, this exciting endeavour has gone from strength-to-strength with ever more people deciding to explore the hidden gem of Stellenbosch in an environmentally responsible fashion.

Hosted in conjunction with Bike & Saddle – Africa’s leading eco-active travel company.

Clos Malverne’s Bike & Wine Tour is sheer pedal pleasure. It allows rookie riders and serious dirt hounds alike, to explore the scenic back roads of the valley, soak up the awe-inspiring views and indulge in a memorable wine and food experience.

This exclusive trail meanders along a private 20-kilometre, mainly off-road path through the heart of the valley and the trip can be adapted to suit all levels of experience and fitness.

It includes the soul-quenching outride; breath-taking views of the valley, and a three course lunch and a complimentary glass of wine at Clos Malverne’s award-winning restaurant. We are proud to be a certified Eco-Active Member (www.ecoactive.travel). We subscribe to the fact that it is far more healthy, enjoyable and carbon-positive to experience the Winelands by bike, under your own steam, burning carbs instead of carbon! As a result will happily convert your eco-miles earned into discounts on certain wine purchases from our cellar. “The great thing about this adventure is its flexibility. If you want to ride all day, go for it. If you want to potter around on your bike stopping at every vineyard for a look-and-see that is, also cool. And if you are a real wine aficionado, no worries, we will take you to the cellar faster than you can say Clos Malverne – and we have a recovery vehicle on standby!”

Bike & Saddle Eco-Active Trips and Holidays:

As a responsible and environmentally sustainable wine producer, we encourage you to consider exchanging your car for a bicycle! Not only in choosing your wine tour, but also as part of your every day lifestyle. An active lifestyle is good for your health, mind and body, and in turn contributes to a healthy society.”

For more Information and Bookings contact Bike & Saddle:
(Advance bookings are essential)

Tel: 021-813 6433
Email: info@bikeandsaddle.com
Visit: www.bikeandsaddle.com