Family-owned Clos Malverne Wine Estate
Exclusive Clos Malverne wines now a virtual reality
09 Mar 2013
‘Online cellar’ provides access to award-winning, handcrafted wines
Family-owned Clos Malverne Wine Estate, renowned for its repertoire of classic, handcrafted wines stemming from the picturesque Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, has spruced up its online wine sales facility for all wine enthusiasts to gain access to its exclusive cellar.
“If you want to impress your friends at the dinner table with an elegant, handmade wine of uncompromised quality which you cannot buy at any supermarket or wine outlet then look no further than our convenient online wine shop where you can find an exceptional range of award-winning wines at a click of a button and delivered to your doorstep in no time,” shares Clos Malverne winemaker Suzanne Coetzee, guardian of both the vines and the cellar since 2010.
Once dubbed the Cape’s smallest red wine cellar, Clos Malverne has come a long way from its fledging days in 1986 when the first wine was made under its own label – a mere 800 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon. However, over the years owner Seymour Pritchard has stayed true to a time-honoured winemaking tradition and today his cellar is one of the few wineries that still uses traditional basket presses – a soft and gentle way of extracting grape juices most commonly used in champagne production. In addition the vines are hand cultivated, the grapes hand harvested and open top fermentation tanks are used in the cellar.
“The basket press demands dedication in time and labour but produces the softest wines with delicate tannins, dominant, fragrant fruit nuances and longevity due to the slow and gentle pressing. Every splendid drop of Clos Malverne wine is made with dedicated care, craftsmanship and patience and we pride ourselves in quality consistency. One should never be nervous to open a 10 year old bottle of Clos Malverne,” adds Suzanne.
Clos Malverne is primarily known for its classic flagship Cape Blends – the Auret, an age worthy contribution of the outstanding qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot and its Pinotage Reserve which boasts an impressive track record. It is also making waves with its single best seller, Sauvignon Blanc, which sealed a second consecutive victory for its 2011 vintage at the 2012 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition.
All Clos Malverne wines are exclusive to the cellar or high-class restaurants only, but with the new virtual wine shop one can gain access to the entire range which is available for online purchase. First time buyers get a 10% percent discount and if one bags more than three cases of wine the door to door delivery is complimentary (in South Africa).
Visitors can also buy the wines directly from Clos Malverne’s tasting lounge and restaurant – in fact one actually gets a discount on them if you buy after your dining experience. 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 chilly, rainy days.
To order your Clos Malverne wines online click on http://closmalverne.co.za/shop or contact the estate at Tel: (+27)21 865 2022 for more information.
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