So every now and then, my husband spoils me and takes me out for a very nice lunch. This was one of those occasions, and he surprised me by taking me to Clos Malverne for a food and wine pairing experience. I particularly enjoy pairing the wines with my food and I found that this particular wine estate offered a pairing experience that was really lovely, but also reasonably priced.
The food and wine pairing experience costs R348 per person. It is made up of four courses and you have three options per course to choose from. For the third course, however, you have six options to choose from, and with two of these specific options, you can pay in a little bit extra.
Clos Malverne also has a gluten-free food and wine pairing menu for those of us who have been unfortunately blessed with issues. Although there are not as many options to choose from per course, the options that are available are the same as, or very similar to, the 'normal' food and wine pairing menu.
When we arrived, it was pouring with rain (and quite chilly), and we were pleasantly surprised to see a cosy fire burning. We were given a small glass of bubbly to sip while we picked our options for our four courses. (How hard is our life?)
For the first course: my husband and I both had Butter Poached Prawns, served with a mango and Jalapeno chutney, pea puree, salmon caviar and baby herbs (see below). This was served with a glass of Clos Malverne Sauvignon Blanc.
For the second course: we both had Slow Roasted Pork Belly, served with parsnip puree, shimeji mushrooms, orange and star aniseed jus and micro herbs (see below). This was served with a glass of Clos Malverne Cab/Merlot.
For the third course: my husband and I chose different options. He chose the Grilled Fillet Steak (see below), where he paid in an extra R28. The steak was served with roasted bone marrow, truffle potato croquette, roasted baby onions, garlic puree, wilted baby spinach and a red wine jus. This was served with a glass of Clos Malverne Auret (a Cape Blend of Cab Sav and Pinotage).
I chose the Slow Roasted Confit of Duck Leg (see below). It was served with bacon and sweet onion samp, wilted pak choi and a five spice jus. This was accompanied by a glass of Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve (which was really nice).
For the last course: we chose different options again. I only had one option to choose from off the gluten-free menu, which was an Apricot and Coconut Sago Pudding, served with lemon meringues, blueberry compote, dried apricot powder and pistachio nuts (see below). This was served with a yummy glass of Clos Malverne Honey Dew.
My husband chose the Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee Tart, served with pecan nut praline, mulberry compote, and a chai tea and honeycomb ice cream (see below). This was served with a glass of Clos Malverne Le Cafe.
This was really a lovely lunch! I definitely recommend it - especially if you love to enjoy the actual experience of food, and are not just in a hurry and want to eat and leave. It's well worth the price!
Contact: (+27)21- 865 2022
Address: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, 7600