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Clos Malverne Wine Estate

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The wines below are represented by Sovereign Selection in the United States.
 

The Pritchard Family

The Pritchard Family
Sophia, Seymour and Belinda Pritchard

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  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 consisted of Pinotage, Merlot and Shiraz and a whole range of red wines,  with many being blends. In 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 Bordeaux 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 when Clos Malverne produced the 2001 National Wine Show Champion Cabernet / Merlot blend, which was adjudged South African Champion red wine and which later went on to win the grand award as the most outstanding wine (red or white), of that year.  This was certainly the highest point of our winemaker I.P. Smit’s career.

Clos Malverne is now very much a family affair. Besides overseeing the entire operation, Seymour and his wife Sophia, who also attends to the accounting, have spent enormous time and effort successfully developing international markets for Clos Malverne.  At present about 70% of their wines are exported, mainly to the UK, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, USA and Japan. Seymour’, daughter Belinda Pritchard, makes sure that Clos Malverne visitors are well looked after and pampered at the day spa, also situated on the estate. Seymour’s brother Mervyn Pritchard is enrolled as the sous chef in the newly-built international contemporary restaurant run by the executive chef Nadia Louw. Even Seymour’s mother is involved, if in name only.  Auret, their flagship wine, is her maiden name, and Seymour’s middle name.

It is no coincidence that the bulk of Clos Malverne’s successes have been achieved during IP’s tenure as winemaker, which started with the spectacular 1998 vintage.  Seymour attributes this to his dedication to quality and the holistic approach he adopts in starting the winemaking process in the vineyards, through his position as viticulturist. He has been Clos Malverne's winemaker for 10 years.

Winemaker

Suzanne Coetzee
Suzanne Coetzee

It is a pleasure for Clos Malverne to announce that we have been joined by a new and very versatile winemaker, and her name is Suzanne Coetzee.  Is it a coincidence that she shares the surname of the previous winemaker, Charl Coetzee?  Not at all, for indeed they are husband and wife! 

At Clos Malverne’s expense, but with compliments to Clos Malverne, Charl was head-hunted to become the Cellar Master of a brand new premium winery called Babylonstoren.  The best person to have taken over from him – who knows the winery, the vineyards and style of Clos Malverne – was his winemaker wife.  This is how Suzanne got to join the team to keep Clos Malverne flying high.

The added bonus of Suzanne is that she not only has the qualification from the University of Stellenbosch and winemaking experience at places like Boekenhoutskloof and Vriesenhof vineyards, but she also spent a number of years at Boland Cellar where she got to know the international wine scene very well and earned a reputation for hard work and good results.  It is with this dual experience that Clos Malverne is excited to have a female winemaker who not only makes wine but add tremendous value on the marketing side.  This is a face you will soon recognise regularly!

Awards

2012

Sauvignon Blanc 2011
- FNB Top 10 South Africa Sauvignon Blanc Awarded

Sauvignon Blanc 2012
- FNB Top 10 South Africa Sauvignon Blanc – top 20
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Silver
- 2013 Best Value Wine Guide 

Pinotage Reserve 2010
- Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Silver

Merlot 2010
- 2013 Best Value Wine Guide

Le Cafe Pinotage 2011
- 2013 Best Value Wine Guide
- #1 voted Pinotage by SA’s Wine of the month club.

Auret 2009
- Old Mutual Wine Trophy – Bronze Medal


2011

Sauvignon Blanc 2011
- FNB Top 10 South Africa Sauvignon Blanc Awarded

Le Café Pinotage
- #2 voted Pinotage by SA’s Wine of the month club.

Auret 2009
- Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Great Gold Medal
- Old Mutual Wine Trophy – Bronze Medal


2009

Pinotage Reserve 2007
- Concours Mondial, Brussels – Great Gold Medal

Cabernet / Shiraz 2007
- The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – Bronze Medal


2008

Cabernet/Merlot 2006
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards - Bronze Medal

Auret 2006
- Decanter International Competition Awards - Bronze Medal

Pinotage Reserve 2006
- Selections Mondiales Des Vins Canada - Silver Medal
- Decanter International Competition Awards - Bronze Medal
- International Wine Challenge Competition - Bronze Medal


2007

Cabernet / Shiraz 2005
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Gold Medal
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Bronze Medal

Auret 2005
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Silver Medal

Pinotage Reserve 2005
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Silver Medal

Pinotage Reserve 2004
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Silver Medal

Sauvignon Blanc 2007
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Silver Medal
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Bronze Medal

Pinotage Reserve 2004
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Silver Medal

Sauvignon Blanc 2007
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Bronze Medal

Cabernet / Shiraz 2005
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Bronze Medal


2006

Sauvignon Blanc 2006
- Winemakers’ Choice – Diamond Award

Auret 2003
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Gold Medal
- Winemakers’ Choice – Diamond Award

Pinotage Reserve 2003
- ABSA Top 10 winner
- Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Gold Medal
- Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Silver Medal
- International Wine Challenge Competition – Bronze Medal

Cabernet/Merlot Ltd. Release ’01
- Decanter International Competition Awards – Gold Medal
- International Wine Challenge Competition – Silver Medal
- Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Silver Medal

Cabernet / Merlot 2004
- The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – Bronze Medal

Cabernet / Shiraz 2004
- Veritas – Silver Medal

Pinotage 2004
- Veritas – Silver Medal


2005

Cabernet/Merlot Ltd. Release ’01
- Winemakers’ Choice – Diamond Award
- Calyon Trophy Bordeaux Blend Challenge TopTen

Pinotage Reserve 2002
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Gold Medal
- ABSA Top 10 finalist
- Veritas – Silver Medal

Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
- Veritas – Silver Medal
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Silver Medal

Devonet (Merlot / Pinotage) 2004
- Veritas – Bronze Medal


2004

Devonet 2003
- Voted Best entry Level Red Wine by Wine-of-Month Club


2003

Auret Ltd. Release ’01
- Grape – 4 stars & Best Cape Blend

Cabernet/Merlot Ltd. Release ’01
- Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show – Silver Medal

Cabernet Sauvignon /Pinotage ’01
- Concours Mondial, Brussels - Silver Medal


2002

Auret 2000
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Silver Medal

Auret ’99
- Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show – Silver Medal

Auret ’98
- John Platter SA Wines 2002 – 5 stars

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot ’01
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Silver Medal

Pinotage Reserve 2000
- International Wine & Spirit Competition London – Gold Medal – one of only 2 Pinotages to receive a Gold Medal.

Pinotage Reserve 2000
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Gold Medal

Sauvignon Blanc ’02
- 2003 Irish Wine Guide – Best Value White Wine for 2002

Sauvignon Blanc ’02
- SAA listing for 2003

Sauvignon Blanc ’01
- Wine & Spirits USA – rated 91/100 points


2001

Auret ’99
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Silver Medal

Auret ’98
- Concours Mondial, Brussels - Silver Medal

Pinotage Reserve ’99
- Concours Mondial, Brussels - Silver Medal
- International Wine Challenge, London - Silver Medal
- EXPOVINA International Wine Awards, Zurich - Silver Medal

Pinotage Reserve ’98
- Wine Spectator, U.S.A. May issue - Best Pinotage
- Juliet Cullinan Masters Awards - Gold Medal & Best Pinotage

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz ’99
- International Wine Challenge, London - Silver Medal
- Veritas Silver

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot ’01
- South African National Wine Show Association votes Clos Malverne Cabernet/Merlot 2001 National Red Wine Champion and wins General Smuts Trophy for the South African National Overall Wine Champion.

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot ’99
- Veritas Silver

Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage ’99
- Veritas Silver


2000

Auret ’97
- Top Red Blend by WINE Magazine and 4½ stars

Pinotage Reserve ’98
- Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Gold Medal
- Concours Mondial, Brussels – Gold Medal

Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage ’98
- WineLand Magazine – Tasting Report on Red Blends with Pinotage - Gold Medal (Clos Malverne was the highest scoring wine since the inception of Tasting Report in February 1998)
- Veritas Gold

Pinotage 2000
- South African National Young Wine Show Class Winner

Pinotage ’99
- SAA listing - First and Business Class

Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
- South African National Young Wine Show Class Winner

Merlot 2000
- South African National Young Wine Show Class Winner


1999

Auret ’97
- EXPOVINA International Wine Awards, Zurich - Gold Medal
- Veritas Double Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz ’98
- Veritas Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz ’97
- International Wine Challenge, London - Silver Medal

Cabernet Sauvignon ’98
- SAA listing for 2000

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot ’98
- SAA listing for 2000

Pinotage ’98
- Veritas Gold
- Top Ten Pinotage - Pinotage Association.
- International Wine Challenge, London - Silver Medal


1998

Pinotage Reserve ’97
- Veritas Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon ’95
- World Wine Championships, U.S.A. - Gold Medal

Cabernet Sauvignon ’94
- World Wine Championships, U.S.A. - Gold Medal

Pinotage ’98
- SA National Young Wine Show, Stellenbosch region - best young Pinotage

Pinotage ’96
- World Wine Championships, U.S.A. - Bronze Medal


1997

Cabernet Sauvignon ’95
- Awarded the highest rating for South African Cabernets out of 50 top world wines by the American Express Food and Wine Magazine. Wine Guide

Auret ’95
- EXPOVINA International Wine Awards, Zurich - Gold Medal

Pinotage Reserve ’96
- Rated one of Top Ten Pinotages at the first ever Pinotage Association Tasting

Pinotage Reserve ’95
- Rated one of two best SA red wines in Swiss financial magazine “CASH”.

Pinotage ’96
- Achieved 2nd highest points of all SA Pinotages in the American Smart Wine Guide.

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