Clos Malverne Devonet Merlot Pinotage Stellenbosch 20 2007

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Winery: Clos Malverne
Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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Clos Malverne:
Seymour Pritchard bought the 10-hectare farm Malvern Heights in 1969 from Colonel JW Billingham, who had named the farm after the rolling hills around Malvern in his native England. When winemaking came into Seymour's sights in the mid-1980's France was still at the centre of the wine universe so he “Frenchised” the name to Clos Malverne . By 1985 Clos Malverne had already been supplying its w... Read more
Seymour Pritchard bought the 10-hectare farm Malvern Heights in 1969 from Colonel JW Billingham, who had named the farm after the rolling hills around Malvern in his native England. When winemaking came into Seymour's sights in the mid-1980's France was still at the centre of the wine universe so he “Frenchised” the name to Clos Malverne . By 1985 Clos Malverne had already been supplying its wine grapes to Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery for a number of years, when Jeremy Walker, now of Grangehurst farm, suggested to Seymour at a braai that Christmas Eve that they make wine from Clos Malverne’s grapes. So, 800 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon were made in 1986 and this and the 1987 vintage were so encouraging that Seymour decided to go into winemaking full time. The Cabernet Sauvignon ’88 was the first release to the public and a year later Jeremy Walker joined Seymour as full-time winemaker. During the 90’s Clos Malverne grew from strength to strength and also increased vineyard plantations which consists of Pinotage, Merlot and Shiraz and a whole range of red wines were in the market place with many being blends. 1995 Clos Malverne was one of the very first wineries to produce a classic Cape Blend. The wine was such a success that the flagship wine, called Clos Malverne Auret, was changed from a Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot Bordaux style blend to a Cape Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon / Pinotage). The Auret 1998 vintage was the first Cape Blend ever to receive 5 star status in the prestigious Platter Wine Guide. Another high point was that Clos Malverne produced the 2001 National Wine Show Champion Cabernet / Merlot blend, which was given the award as South African Champion red wine and later went on to win the grand award as the most outstanding wine, red or white wine, of that year. This was certainly the highest point of our winemaker I.P. Smit’s career. Another high point was that Clos Malverne produced the 2001 National Wine Show Champion Cabernet / Merlot blend, which was given the award as South African Champion red wine and later went on to win the grand award as the most outstanding wine, red or white wine, of that year. This was certainly the highest point of our winemaker IP Smit's career. The Devon Valley microclimate is key to the quality of grapes grown on Clos Malverne. Although the valley is shallow it acts as a natural receptacle for the morning summer mists that linger around Stellenbosch. The valley is cooler than surrounding areas, significantly lengthening the ripening season, resulting in very ripe grapes. The vineyards are mostly planted on the gently sloping terrain of the valley. Seymour recently purchased two other farms very close to Clos Malverne. Dwars in die Weg has 11 hectares under vine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc). All vines are drip irrigated using water from the farm dam. Carlsrus has 4 hectares under vine (all Pinotage) using drip irrigation with water obtained from Teewaterskloof dam. Clos Malverne’s 10 hectares of vineyards (Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz) also have drip irrigation using water from Teewaterskloof dam. Read less

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