Clos Malverne ranked nr. 1 Stellenbosch restaurant on TripAdvisor

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013
The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne
New autumn twist for signature Ice Cream & Wine Pairings
The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne, a hidden gem on a family-run wine farm in the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, has cemented its reputation as a popular gourmet destination, with a number one ranking on the world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor.

The success of this free online travel guide lies in the authenticity of the reviews posted by travellers from across the globe and statistics sourced from these appraisals add further credibility, making it the number one site for travel information. Raving 5-star reviews posted by diners from across the globe, have catapulted The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne into the number one position out of 93 Stellenbosch restaurants listed on TripAdvisor.

In addition to its generous food and wine pairing menus, warm service, relaxed atmosphere and awe-inspiring views, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne, is also celebrated for its signature Ice Cream & Wine Pairings which now feature four new autumn inspired sensations to comfort the cravings until the end of June.

These dreamy indulgences cost R65 per person and include four scoops of homemade ice cream paired with matching estate wines. Each combination creates a sensory melt-in-the-mouth moment, with tastes unique to the season.

Resident chef Nadia Louw Smith enlivens hibernating palates with the perfect sweet and sour combination – her luscious Fig, Lemon & Chilli ice cream matched with the estate’s award-winning Sauvignon Blanc which shined amongst the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 in 2011 and 2012. The fig highlights the fruitiness of the wine and the lemon brings out its freshness, while the chilli adds extra dimension to the Sauvignon Blanc which is known to pair exceptional well with spicy dishes.

For on-the-spot exuberance Clos Malverne’s popular coffee-style Pinotage, Le Café, is served with a scoop of Apple Crumble ice cream. The caramel apples bring out the roasted coffee bean and mocha flavours, whilst the crumble highlights the smoky undertones and slight sweetness of the wine.

Nadia’s favourite autumn combo – a Tomato & Thyme Compote ice cream served with the estate’s flagship Pinotage Reserve – beats pancakes on a rainy day. The sweet tomato compote highlights the rich fruit of the wine, whilst the thyme exposes the complex woodiness of this elegant red.

Ending your taste experience on a decadent high, the Clos Malverne Honey Dew dessert wine – which is exclusive to the restaurant – is paired with a White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut & Coffee ice cream. This is a heavenly combination that melts into a wonderful rich, velvety mouth feel with every sip and spoonful. The coffee goes very well with the sweetness of the wine while the macadamia nuts highlight its nutty undertones. The creaminess of the ice cream and the white chocolate allow the flavours of the wine to linger longer.

Clos Malverne’s time-honoured, handmade wines can only be bought directly from the estate or via its newly improved online wine sales facility which delivers your wine to your doorstep in no time.

The Clos Malverne Wine & Ice Cream Pairings are on offer from Tuesdays till Saturdays between 10h00 and 16h00. Pre-bookings are required. For more information about these unique indulgences or to book, contact Clos Malverne Estate at Tel: (+27)21 865 2022 or visit

With its stunning setting amidst the vineyards and breathtaking views of the picturesque Devon Valley, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne is the perfect retreat to spend a soul-quenching afternoon under the trees, linger over lunch on the wraparound glass balcony or simply to pamper the senses on grim and grey days. The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne is open daily for lunch except on Mondays and bookings are essential.
signature Ice Cream & Wine Pairings
signature Ice Cream & Wine Pairings

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