• Celebrate the Harvest

    February and March are the months in the wine industry when there is always s buzz in the cellar.  Its harvest time!  There is lots to do and important decisions to be made as to when is the best time to pick the grapes.  At Clos Malverne, Sauvignon blanc is always up first! These vineyards lie low in the belly of the Devon Valley and enjoy a cool micro-climate owing to precipitation from the dam next to it, producing high quality grapes.

    The Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz vineyards will be harvested next.  As usual, we will proudly continue the Clos Malverne tradition of Basket Pressing all our red wines.  We are one of the very few wineries in South Africa still using this hand crafted method of making wines.

     

    Celebrating the combination of good food and wine, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne, will release the new Autumn Menu with seasonal delights.  Choose between a 3-course food & wine pairing for R448.00 per person or a 4-course food & wine pairing for R538.00 per person.  We also offer an A La Carte Menu if you prefer single courses.

    Our next Gourmet Evening will be Friday, 22 February at 19h00.  Do not miss out on this popular 5-course culinary feast. For more information contact The Restaurant on 021 – 865 2022 or send an email to info@closmalverne.co.za

    Our annual Lifestyle Package 2019 will be running from 1 April to 30 September 2019

    Our Lifestyle Package 2019 includes:

    • Two nights’ accommodation in our Luxury Units
    • A Three Course Food & Wine Pairing Lunch for 2 at our widely acclaimed restaurant
    • A Gift Pack with 3 bottles of our award-winning wine
    • A Pure Bliss Couple Spa Treat (60 min full body Swedish massage and 30 min steam room)

    We offer all this at an amazing price of  R3 980.00 for 2 people!

    PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE RESTAURANT IS CLOSED FOR THEIR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE BREAK FROM 17 JUNE TO 17 JULY.

    To book or enquire about the package, please get in touch with Michelle on 021 865 2022 or send us an e-mail to accommodation@closmalverne.co.za

  • Winter Warmers

    The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne is open after a well-deserved holiday.  The old favourite dishes are making room for an all new gastronomic cast brimming with vivacious taste combinations and refreshing textures.  Prawn and salmon fish cake, duck liver parfait, springbok loin and smoked dark chocolate panna cotta – to name only a few of the dishes on our new winter menu. Enjoy some of our award winning wines that have been carefully selected for each dish when eating from our Food & Wine Pairing Menu.  Join us for this gastronomic experience, bookings are essential.  Restaurant

    Clos Malverne has just released 2 new vintages of our flagship red blends.  We are the first winery to ever receive a 5 star John Platter rating for a Cape blend.

    Auret 2016 – the blend of outstanding qualities – Cabernet Sauvignon 51%, Pinotage 35% and Merlot 13%. A unique, full-bodied red blend.  Pleasantly dry tannins, spicy with underlying fruit (ripe berries).

    Spirit of Malverne 2015 – Pinotage 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 29%, Malbec 18% and Shiraz 18%.  Blueberry flavours come through, along with a spiciness from the Shiraz and it’s all built on a bed of noticeable oak flavour.  A selection of only 4 barrels!

    Visit our online shop to get your hands on these new vintages.Online Shop

  • The Month of May

    When walking through the vineyards, it is clear to that the beautiful season of Autumn is coming to an end.  We are thankful for winter arriving, as the much-needed rain brings life, growth and new beginnings. We have found chameleons in the gardens next to the restaurant and with intense searching we discovered new-borns camouflaged on the leaves. What a welcome addition!

    The Restaurant at Clos Malverne will be celebrating Mother’s Day Sunday, with a special 5-course Food & Wine pairing  Mothers day menu 2018 .  Bring Mom to enjoy a delicious lunch with award-winning wines.  All ladies love bubbles, so spoil Mom with an Ellie MCC or a Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Brut from our Wine Cellar.

    Back by popular demand is our Winter Steak Special – Sirloin Steak, potato wedges, onion rings & 1 x glass Devonet Merlot / Pinotage at the amazing price of R169.  We always encourage our guests to make a booking in advance.

     

  • Celebrating New Wine and Menus at Clos Malverne

    News at Clos Malverne

    With the particularly dry and warm season that the Western Cape is still experiencing, a lot of grape farmers (including us) were concerned about smaller crops.  Due to this season’s abnormal heat and water shortages, vines usually produce fewer grapes; while at the same time the berries are smaller and generally weigh less.

    Although these challenging conditions brought smaller crops, the dry climate was also conducive to disease free vines.  The result was a small, yet healthy crop.  Smaller berries also mean that the skin/juice ratio is much lower resulting in concentrated flavours that promise excellent wine.

    You can look forward to 2017 vintage wines being spectacular but perhaps less available.  Here is to another great vintage from Clos Malverne cellar!

    New Wines

    Devonet Wine

    Clos Malverne is extremely excited to introduce two new wines to our Devonet range, namely Devonet Sauvignon Blanc  and Devonet Rosé. https://closmalverne.co.za/clos-malverne-wines/

    Devonet Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp and light wine with tropical flavours of litchi, melon and gooseberries.  Devonet Rosé is a delight to the palate with candyfloss and red fruit flavours of cherry and red berries.  This wine has a crisp acidity and is an easy drinking wine.

    Our exceptionally talented Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith will be introducing the Devonet range with her tantalizing new Autumn Ice cream.

    The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne

    Our monthly Gourmet Evenings returns in 2017, again on every last Friday of the month, featuring unique and special dishes that do not appear on our regular menu.  The atmosphere is more intimate, with our Cellar Master in attendance to explain the Food & Wine pairing options, many exciting give-aways and a relaxed atmosphere that guarantee a good time all-around.  This special dinner occasion has become popular to the extent that January & February were fully booked.  We thus encourage our guests to make a booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

     

    Autumn is the season of change, as the leaves turn colour and parade a new garment, the same happens in our restaurant.  Exciting flavours and artistically created dishes to look forward to with our Autumn Food & Wine Pairing menu, as well as our trailblazing Ice Cream & Wine Pairing.

    We welcome you to join us for a signature Clos Malverne Food & Wine experience!

    Accommodation on the Clos Malverne Estate

     

     

     A reminder of our Lifestyle Package that is designed for couples, friends or simply a get-away for two.

    This Package for 2017 includes;

    • Two nights’ accommodation in our luxury units, valued at R3 400.00
    • A Four Course Food & Wine Pairing lunch for two at our widely acclaimed restaurant, valued at R800.00
    • A gift pack with 3 bottles of our award-winning wine, valued at R380.00
    • A 90 minute couple’s Spa Treatment (Swedish massage and wet room), valued at R1 280.00

    We offer all this at an amazing price of R4 100.00!

    We can assure you complete rejuvenation in a breath-taking setting with the cultural hub of Stellenbosch a mere 7km away

     

  • The Return of the Restaurant @ Clos Malverne and some exciting news!

    Winter views

    Winter views

    The Restaurant returns.

    The Restaurant welcomes winter with a feast of comforting classics, conjured up in an exclusive Winter Menu which alternates weekly to rekindle the mid-year slumber with a myriad of wholesome tastes, unique to the season.

    This hearty Winter Menu, which will turn up the heat for the next while, offers enthusiasts a four course lunchtime food & wine indulgence of generous portions at a mere R348.00 per person. Each dish on this sizzling bill of fare is served with a matching Clos Malverne wine.

    Certificate of Excellence 2016

    Certificate of Excellence 2016

    Think Red wine soaked springbok fillet parcel, enriched with roasted baby tomatoes; roasted onion puree; red wine jus; crispy bacon and a glass of Clos Malverne’s Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend to spruce up the palate. Followed by a slow roasted confit of duck leg matched with the well-rounded Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve to satisfy any hunger. Or kiss winter blues goodbye with a melt-in-the-mouth apple and cinnamon dumplings served with a dollop of chai-tea ice cream and the estate’s popular coffee-style pinotage, Le Café.

    Our signature Food & Wine Pairing Menu also features a new sumptuous lineup of season-inspired dishes, vibrant in flavour and texture, to transform winter from a period of hibernation into a food celebration.

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    360 degree Wine Tourism

    We would also like to share some exciting news with you regarding our latest offering, our Lifestyle Package.

    At the beginning of the year we added bespoke, luxury accommodation units to the estate’s line-up of offers, we can now proudly say that we are a complete Wine Tourism destination!

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    Guests can enjoy a relaxing weekend, enjoying all of the various activities and offers on the premises. From enjoying a wine tasting next to the crackling fire, tucking in at our popular winelands Restaurant while soaking up the scenery or unwind at The Spa, for a complete rejuvenating break-away, not to forget that the cultural hub of Stellenbosch is a mere 5km away.

    These packages are designed for couples; friends or simply as a get-away for two people and include the following:

    • Two nights’ accommodation in our brand new units, valued at R3200.00
    • A Four Course Food & Wine Pairing Lunch for 2 at our widely acclaimed Restaurant, valued at R800.00
    • A gift of 3 Bottles of our award-winning wines, valued at R350
    • A couple’s Spa Treatment, valued R1190.00

    All for the amazing price of, R5376.00 R3795.00! That’s a massive 30% saving! 

    When you make your reservation, keep in mind that this amazing deal is only available until 30th September!

    To book your stay or enquire about the package, get in touch with us on 021 865 2022 or send us an e-mail to accounts@closmalverne.co.za.

     

     

  • A send-off with Father’s Day!

    We are on the verge of hopefully a cold and wet Cape winter…  but a lot of people say the most beautiful time of the year in the winelands is during autumn when the vine leaves turn colour and they become the most beautiful hues of green, orange, deep purple,  rusty brown and eventually blow off in the wind to expose the bare canes of the vines.

    It is also the season where the cover crop between the vines is sown and after the first rains, the fragile green foliage starts shooting through the soil.  It’s the  time where we try to rest a bit from the busy harvest time that lies behind us and evaluate the quality of the harvest that has passed.

    We were recently awarded a Grand Gold Medal at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016 for our flagship Cape Blend, the Auret 2013; the only South African red wine entered into the competition to achieve this! A positive sign looking forward to the next vintages. Guests can order this wine at marvelous prices directly from our online shop.

    A Grand Gold Medal for the Auret 2013!

    A Grand Gold Medal for the Auret 2013!

    It was a very dry growing season, but because we have sufficient irrigation at Clos Malverne we managed to maintain grape quality throughout harvest without compromising on watering the vines.  It was also an extremely hot summer in the beginning of the year which gave the harvest an early start, but with a cooler February and March the harvest was prolonged and our last grapes were only picked after Easter weekend.

    As usual all our red wines were crafted with basket presses ensuring a richness in texture and fine tannin structure… Meticulous care is put in the cellar to preserve the pure fruit of the grapes which developed in the vineyards on our unique terroir, and then to make sure you use the perfect oak to support the fruit flavours in the wine.

    Being involved with wine production, one learns to have patience—and with this, we hope you have enough patience to wait another two years before we are able to offer the promising 2016 red wines to our guests.

    From The Restaurant

    The morning air is crisp; nights have become colder and it is clear that winter is almost here. With that comes the restaurant team’s well-deserved, annual break. We have had an excellent season and we would like to thank all our friends & guests for their loyal support during our busy season and our autumn months.

    The Restaurant will be closing for a short period between 19 June 2016- 21 July 2016. We will end the current season with a wonderful opportunity to spoil dad, with our Father’s Day Gourmet Lunch on Sunday 19 June 2016, we advise our guests to book early to avoid disappointment.Fathers-Day-Just-Ahead-Sign-Board

    After we rested our bones and rejuvenated the culinary magic wells, we’ll be returning with a brand-spanking-new Winter Menu that’s guaranteed to bring the heat. That, and our cozy fireplace of course!

    Just a reminder that the Restaurant is also available in the evenings for all your exclusive functions: birthdays; wedding anniversaries; corporate functions etc.

    On a more personal note I would just like to say how extremely proud I am of every team member at The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne. We had a tremendously busy year and they have displayed their tenacity; grit and desire to create fantastic dishes, with utmost diligence & pride.  All of them have grown in their own way. The Restaurant would not have been a success with out them.

    We hope to welcome our friends and guests to our Restaurant in the nearby future

  • 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!

  • All aboard, #SAHarvest2016 has arrived!

    Healthy Sauvignon Blanc BUnches

    Healthy Sauvignon Blanc Bunches

    The tractors are rumbling, the bunches are tumbling!

    The new year has started with a bang and it’s full steam ahead for 2016. With the new year, it’s also a new harvest, and ours started officially today!

    We kick of the 2016 vintage with some fresh and zippy Sauvignon Blanc; harvested at an optimum sugar level of 22.5 degrees balling, these grapes are set to make stunning wine. While yields are forecast to be down by a small percentage, quality is certainly not lacking: fresh; ripe and healthy grapes are hiding in their canopies, waiting to enter the cellar.

    First batch heading for the cellar

    First batch heading for the cellar

    After all the Sauvignon Blanc has been crushed; mash-cooled and moved to their new fermentation tanks, we’ll move on to some Chardonnay and Shiraz for our Ellie MCC.

    All star vineyard-team

    All star vineyard-team

    Harvest is not the only item on the agenda, it’s almost that time of the year where you have a whole day dedicated to celebrating your love for that special someone in your life. To mark the occasion we’ll have a set-menu Five Course Food & Wine Pairing for Valentine’s Day, with light background music played by accordion musician Andre Van Vuuren. This afternoon of sheer gastronomic delight is ideal for food and wine lovers who enjoy a value for money, unhurried dining experience with a sense of place and includes a glass of matching Clos Malverne wine with each course.

    It is the perfect opportunity to treat that special someone in your life to a memorable day in the Winelands. Seeing that this would be a set-menu offering, lunch time is 12:00 for 12:30, and the cost is R498.00/person. Guests can download the menu here or join the event on Facebook.

    Valentine's Day Lunch

    A Delectable Five Course Food & Wine Pairing Lunch

    We also have a neat “Couples Mixed Case” offering in our online shop for those guests that might be spending a relaxing weekend away from home in a romantic destination. The unique mixed case has the right wine for the right moment; bubbles for breakfast; Sauvignon Blanc for supper and some Pinotage Le Cafe for a nightcap.

    Valentine's Day Couples Mixed Case

    A Mixed Case perfect for a romantic weekend away.

    The Restaurant has also been experiencing a record season, enjoying fabulous support from both local and international food lovers. Our guests can look forward to our new Autumn Menu in the beginning of March. While we had a short hiatus from the no.1 spot on TripAdvisor, we’re back on top! We can only thank all of our loyal customers and guests for their unwavering support!

    For those folks that haven’t seen it yet, we also added a new Recipe Section to our website, where our Executive-Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith, will be sharing some of her make-at-home gourmet dishes. Feel free to request a recipe for a special dish via Twitter or Facebook.

    That’s all for now folks, keep an eye out for more news on #SAHarvest2016 in the weeks that follow!

    Adieu!

     

  • We’re putting the sunshine in summer with our Brand New Summer Menu!

    Our all new Summer menu is a sumptuous salute to the season! 

    “Summertime is always the best of what might be” – Charles Bowden.

    Think postcard pretty Winelands views from our wraparound balcony and summer inspired cuisine that captures the exuberant spirit of the season, where an all new dining & taste sensation beguiles the senses.

    With old favourites making room for an all new gastronomic cast brimming with vivacious taste combinations and refreshing textures, the new Summer Menu calls for a mood-lifting, outer-city dining experience in the heart of the picturesque Devon Valley.

    Enjoy a relaxed lunch with panoramic views of the Devon Valley

    Celebrating the social side of summer, our Executive Chef Nadia Louw Smith and her team also added new intriguing flavour combinations for our signature Ice cream & Wine Pairing pdf, which features four bite-size creations of fresh, homemade frosty delights that satisfies those in search of a lighter yet luscious indulgence with a friend, partner or colleague. This unique pairing costs R75.00, and is served with a matching Clos Malverne red and white wines for each Ice cream.

    Completing The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne’s trio of summer offerings, the eatery’s popular Food & Wine Pairing Menu pdf – which allows you to ‘do lunch in style’ without having to break the bank – has also been given a fresh summer spin. This sumptuous 4-course menu costs R348.00 per head and each of courses is 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. For those that prefer lighter meals, we also offer an A la Carte Menupdf.

    Asian inspired seafood, Thai Style Mussels

    The Asian inspired Thai Style Mussels.

    “Our new menu is fresh and vibrant in colour and taste with dishes such as the oh-so- sexy salmon mousse terrine with prawns marinated in lime & chili; a pan-fried sage & pine nut gnocchi, and a pear & walnut gorgonzola salad,” shares Nadia.

    Meat aficionados will fancy the Chili and Honey sticky Pork Belly, served with mustard, sesame red cabbage coleslaw with a seven spice jus and carrot puree. Firm favourites such as the Grilled Fillet Steak and Grilled Springbok Loin retain their place as the red-meat elites.

    Seafood lovers can look forward to the Pan-fried Line Fish, served with tempura mussels; fennel puree; butternut, dressed in a wonderful white wine veloute.

    The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne is open from Tuesdays till Sundays for lunch and has developed a loyal following since 2009 for its easy, contemporary cuisine or as Nadia describes it “world food with an earthy sophistication, cooked from the heart and presented with perfection”.

    . For more information on The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne, contact the restaurant at Tel: (+27)21 865 2022 or send an email to info@closmalverne.co.za. Also find us on Facebook; Twitter and TripAdvisor.

  • Celebrating National Pinotage Day!

    A National Day to celebrate and raise awareness of South Africa’s own grape variety

    A Beautiful view from our Restaurant

    A Beautiful view from our Restaurant

    Stellenbosch, Western Cape, September 10, 2015– Clos Malverne Wine Estate, Restaurant and Spa, joins the Pinotage Association in celebrating our country’s wine heritage with National Pinotage Day on the 10th of October 2015.

    Founded in 1969, it has a rich history of producing award-winning, basket-pressed wines. The 1998 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon/Pinotage was the first Cape Blend to receive a coveted Platter 5* rating and the estate’s flagship wine, the Auret, the first Cape Blend to win the over-all South African Wine Championship in 2001.

    “Clos Malverne has a proud history of making award-winning Pinotage & Cape Blend wines and we are excited to help raise the profile of our own grape variety”. – Suzanne Coetzee, Winemaker.

    The Pinotage Pioneers

    The Pinotage Pioneers

    On the day, the Restaurant @Clos Malverne will be offering a once-off, set menupdf where all the dishes are matched with vintage Pinotage & Cape Blend wines as a unique twist of the establishment’s popular Food & Wine Pairing. The wines were carefully selected and paired with the food by a panel of experts; enthusiasts and employees.
    Clos Malverne was also the first wine estate to offer the unique taste sensation of ice cream & wine pairing pdf. This has become a signature offering at the Estate and for this special occasion the hand-made delicacies will be matched exclusively with Pinotage & Cape Blend wines.

    The estate will be decorated in colours and flavours that pay tribute to this unique grape, to add some festive flair to the occasion. To top it off, all Pinotage & Cape Blend wines will be sold at a 10% discount that weekend! You can get your slice of the action either at our Restaurant or Online Shop.

    “Wines to hold their own against any varietal”

    “Wines to hold their own against any varietal”

    To make your booking for this fantastic, fun-filled day out in the sun: Book online via our website or email us at info@closmalverne.co.za

    All of the above mentioned is done in co-operation with the Pinotage Association and its other members to promote; celebrate and market our own indigenous grape variety on a national level.

    “Wines to hold their own against any varietal”- The Pinotage Association