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Delicious autumn! New season, new Menu, new Flavours.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns”. – George Eliot

As we enter the new season, we welcome our new Menu to the Restaurant.

Summer is officially over and it has been a busy one indeed! Over the traditional festive season and summer tourist visits we saw many old friends returning; made new ones along the way and sadly bid farewell to a few.

We were blessed and humbled by the great support we received during the past few months, which saw us still sitting on top of the pile of Restaurants in Stellenbosch on TripAdvisor! While it is a great honour to be in this fortunate position; we know it is due to the loyal and gracious support of guests. So here’s to you, we appreciate your support and we’ll continue to  provide nothing but the best to our visitors!

Our Commander in Chief, Executive-Chef Nadia Louw-Smith was recently honoured with the Mentor Award: Hospitality Management by the exclusive and illustrious Private Hotel School for her outstanding role in providing young up-and-coming chefs with guidance and training, while doing their internships at the Restaurant. Each year our Restaurant takes in two interns for a period of 6 months for them to get practical training in real restaurant.

Nadia with the other award winners
Nadia with the other award winners

We welcome the seasonal change with a feast of comforting classics, conjured up in a scrumptious Autumn Menu which enadeavours to continue the new year’s energy with a myriad of wholesome tastes, unique to the season.

This hearty new Menu, which will turn up the heat until the end of June, offers enthusiasts a four course lunchtime food and wine indulgence of generous portions at  R348.00 per person. Each dish on this sizzling bill of fare is served with a matching wine from our prized vineyards.

Clos Malverne Food_Feb 2016_001-horzThink Shitake mushroom soup, with parmesan cheese sticks, a hint of truffle, roasted garlic-parsley cream fraiche croquette and shimeji mushrooms; served with Clos Malverne Chardonnay to spruce up the palate.

 Followed by a Moroccan style duck breast salad matched with the well-rounded Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend to satisfy any hunger. Or kiss the sizzling summer heat goodbye with a decadent Nutella Chocolate Brownie, served with a dollop of cherry ice cream, salted fudge crumbs and a cherry coulis and the our velvety Pinotage Reserve.

A host of new, enticing dishes and delicacies are available to tingle your senses, while a select few stalwarts will remain, you know, just to keep you regulars happy.

That is all from our side, we look forward to welcoming you soon!

Adieu!

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