So if you've ever heard of Clos Malverne, then you would probably have heard that they do an Ice Cream & Wine Pairing... At 1st thought, you may think that it is odd & how on earth can you pair ice cream & wine? Well, this is an experience that will definitely leave you mind blown.
This type of pairing is exactly what I was on the lookout for. Something so unique & well worth it, that when you're in the Stellenbosch area, this is probably the 1st thing that I suggest you put onto your itinerary for your 1st stop.
Clos Malverne - Sauvignon Blanc Brut.
Lemongrass, Litchi & Chilli.
Fruity deliciousness with a bit of bite. At first bite, the obvious sweetness, but then as the mouthful melts, a slight bit of heat. The Brut has a few tropical flavours coming through & the litchi compliments them quite well. Since a Sauvignon Blanc is usually slightly more acidic, it helped with the cleansing of the palate of that heat from the chilli & you are left to enjoy that crisp & refreshing aftertaste as it lingers.
Clos Malverne - Cabernet Shiras.
Gingerbread, Cranberry & White Chocolate.
Sultry & tinged with a balancing tartness. The Cabernet Shiraz is a full bodied wine with aromas of rich, ripe red fruits. Then those cranberries are just beautifully complimented by the red fruits. The wine ending with a bit more of a spicy finish is balanced well with a sharp mouthful of gingerbread flavours.
Clos Malverne - Le Cafe Pinotage.
Parsnip, Saffron, Salted Caramel & Pumpkin Seeds.
I won't lie, I am not the biggest fan of a 'coffee-style' wine. However, this pairing is done so well. The way the salted caramel in the ice cream brings out the intense roasted coffee flavours is so well balanced. There is a slight bit of a smokey undertone to the wine, which is interestingly highlighted by the pumpkin seeds.
Clos Malverne - Honeydew
Orange, Gluhwein & Star Aniseed.
Probably my favourite ice cream from the day! Just imagine. Spicy & Aromatic from the gluhwein & star aniseed, which enhance the floral notes on the wine. Then with a touch of that mouthful of citrus that breaks the spiciness at the right moment. A nice smooth & slightly syrupy wine that is complimented by the velvety texture of the ice cream.
Let your visit to Clos Malverne start off looking like this...
... and end like this!
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