• 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.

     

  • AUTUMN FEELS….

    THE RESTAURANT

    Our lovely Front of House manager, Anita Cilliers gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at the end of December last year.  She has decided to spend all her time with lovely Annabelle and it is with sadness that we bid farewell to a loyal employee.  With this sadness, also comes exciting news and that is that we have promoted our ever-popular wine stewardess Amy to Front of House Manager.  She has been working for us for almost 10 years and her knowledge of our award-winning wines and delicious food is unmatchable.

    With the start of autumn, it is also time for a new Menu.  As usual Nadia has thoughtfully combined original flavours, colours and smells for this new season’s menus.  The popular Autumn Ice-creams & Wine Pairings have also been developed and promises to be a unique experience as usual.

    THE WINERY

    Since February it has been harvesting season and the cellar has been hard at work bringing in the perfectly sun ripened grapes.  First in the row was Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage, then all the red grapes starting with Shiraz, Merlot, and lastly the Cabernet Sauvignon.   Our red wines are hand crafted and carefully basket pressed to ensure low tannins; the result – a smooth enjoyable red wine.

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    Our annual Lifestyle Package 2018 will be running from 1 April to 30 September 2018. This year our ever so popular package includes the following:

    • Two nights’ accommodation in our luxury units
    • A Four 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

    This is offered at an amazing price of R4950.00!

    Contact Michelle at accommodation@closmalverne.co.za for any further information

    THE SPA

    For every special day or occasion, there is a reason to visit our spa.  Our Spa has special packages where mothers and daughters, from toddlers to teenagers, can spend quality time, having treatments together.  Check out the website for fantastic Monther’s Day specials.

    The wet-room is ideal for Bridal parties and Teambuilding events!

    Unwind in the winelands with one of our fabulous spa packages and receive a FREE bottle of Clos Malverne wine.

  • IT IS A NEW YEAR!

       HAPPY NEW YEAR

    It was a New Year celebration to remember; The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne had an African Themed party that had guests dance their way into the New Year.  Our Executive Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith enticed her guests with an 8-course Food & Wine Pairing. The evening was all about gourmet food, wine, celebrations and laughter!

    With the current water crisis in the Western Cape, we are managing our water resources carefully to ensure the vines still produce a top quality grapes.  Pinotage grapes have achieved 80% veraison while the Sauvignon blanc grapes will ripen first.  Harvest usually starts at the beginning of Feb and this year seems to be the same.  The cellar is currently being prepared for harvest and equipment cleaned and serviced for the harvest that lies ahead.

    The Restaurant hosts a Gourmet Evening every last Friday of the month, Nadia and her team usually put together a 5-course Food & Wine Pairing that leaves one inspired to say the least.  The dates to diarise for our monthly events for the next three months are 26 January  Menu  23 February and 23 March.  The Restaurant will be hosting a special dinner for Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February which will consist of another unforgettable 5-course Food & Wine pairing dinner  Menu with a romantic twist.

    Keep a look out for our next newsletter when we will share with you the harvest report.

  • The New Season

    Vineyards and Wine

    Green vineyards, beautiful flowers and newly formed grapes are becoming visible on the vines; the growing season is in full swing. We are now busy with suckering, which is the process of removing surplus and unnecessary shoots to allow better light and air on the vines. This will bring forth healthy, lush fruit and reduce the risk of diseases.

    We are excited to say that all our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc has been bottled and is ready to be shipped into the market. The process of malolactic fermentation in the red wines are completed and we are preparing the barrels for the wine to quietly develop and mature for the next 12 months.

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    The Vineyards

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne

    Our restaurant at Clos Malverne is a magnificently appointed Winelands hotspot in Devon Valley and is giving jaded palates more than enough reason to wake from winter hibernation with our new fresh summer menu’s.  Our chef Nadia Smith Louw will wet your appetites with her mouth-watering 4-course pairing menu Food & Wine Pairing Menu Summer 2017 A la Carte Menu Summer 2017 .  And remember our favourite summer staple; homemade ice cream paired with wines, a sensational tasting!

    We humbly announce that we have received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award. The award celebrates excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor.

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    Accommodation

    All the building and hard work has come to an end…we are ready to welcome guests to our newly added 5 Superior Double rooms and 1 Comfort Stay Double room.  We are proud to say we now have 9 luxurious guest rooms and 1 self-catering guest house  which is the perfect base to explore Stellenbosch  and the Winelands. Each room is stylishly decorated to reflect our beautiful surroundings and is equipped with extra length king size bed, flat screen TV with satellite channels; air-conditioning; free parking, Wi-Fi & a spacious bathroom.

    Please contact our Accommodation Manager, Michelle, directly to book or for discounts on stays longer than 10 days on accommodation@closmalverne.co.za.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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