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.
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.
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