Eagles’ Nest was originally part of Groote Constantia, the first wine farm in South Africa, established in the 1670’s by then governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, producing wines for European Nobility, Queen Victoria, Napoleon.
The farm was purchased in 1984 by the Mylrea Family as a family estate, but not commercially farmed until 2002.
Virtually the entire property of Eagles’ Nest was destroyed by fire in 2000. It was following this devastating event that it was decided to embark on the journey of wine making. An aggressive programme was initiated to plant vines best suited to this cool-climate location and unique Terroir.
Besides wine growing, indigenous vegetation has been allowed to return to sections of the property and in parts, actively reintroduced. Today the property is said to be home to the largest Silver Leaf Tree forest.
The 2014 Eagles' Nest Shiraz has a deep dark core with garnet rim. On the nose, aromas of freshly crushed red pepper kernel, intense blueberry and subtle black cherry are delicately entwined with a faint smoky wisp and baking spices. On the palate creamy mouth filling tannins integrate with pepper spice to embrace your taste buds and deliver a delicious, savoury flavour sensation. Well judged acidity focuses these flavours as they resonate in the aftertaste. A truly great wine from maturing vineyards, this wine will age gracefully for 20 years from vintage.
The nose initially shows primary Sauvignon Blanc fruit aromas, including flavours of guava and white pear. These notes are underpinned by a fresh zesty core, complemented by lime, oyster shell salinity and some spicy celery leaf notes. The palate is fresh, with vibrant acidity and tropical fruit aromas carrying through. Six months' lees contact has bolstered the mouth-feel, adding weight and structure to the pallet. This wine will be ideally paired with sushi, grilled fish and shell fish. Enjoy now or to 2020.