So part of my birthday gift from a great friend of mine was a surprise wine and ice cream pairing at an undisclosed venue in Stellenbosch. We set off on a nicely sizzling 29 degree Saturday afternoon and arrived at Clos Malverne, eager to try a wine pairing with a difference.
Clos Malverne is owned by the Pritchard family, and the farm has been producing wine since 1986. The restaurant on the premises offers a Gourmet Evening menu, a 4 Course Tasting menu as well as the decadent Ice Cream and Wine pairing.
We had the Summer pairing (the ice creams and wines are changed seasonally) and the flavours are exceptionally well matched and drool-worthy. The Estate’s Sauvignon Blanc is paired with Passion Fruit & White chocolate ice cream; the slightly wooded Chardonnay is matched to a very yummy Toffee, Almond & Vanilla, and the Elle Methode Cap Classique (who doesn’t love bubbly?) is paired with a gourmet Strawberry & reduced Balsamic ice cream.
It was the Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve matched with a Peppermint Chocolate Chip ice cream which was the winning combo, the flavours deliver a minty kick that could certainly become rather addictive. Seconds anyone?
Gazing out at vine-covered hills while sipping on vino and sampling the creamiest ice cream ever is certainly one of the better ways to spend a lazy late summer afternoon.
Ice Cream and wine tastings are R75 per person, available Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:30 – 15:30.
Book in advance to avoid disappointment!