*This post was originally published on Wine-SA.com – 15 July 2013*
Nestled in the historical Constantia wine valley is the Eagle’s Nest estate. Purchased by the Mylrea family in 1984, the farm was nearly destroyed by the devastating fires that tore through the Cape in 2000. The historical buildings were spared from the destruction and in rebuilding the farm it was decided to plant varietals that are best suited to the terroir and climate of the valley.
This decision, combined with the non-traditional styles used by the winemaker, has proven successful. Of the 38 ha farm, only 14 ha is planted with vineyards. The main varieties are Shiraz, Viognier and Merlot. The varied soil types on the estate offer the ideal conditions for each varietal and the cool breezes that blow in from False Bay ensure enough cooling on hot afternoons.
As a rule, awards and accolades rarely influence my choice of wine. The awards and accolades bestowed upon the Eagle’s Nest Shiraz are, however, all justified. 5-star Platter ratings, gold medals and trophies everywhere, each and every one well-deserved.
The Shiraz has a very cool climate character, white pepper tones structured with red berries and dark fruits, rounded off with mocha and violets. Soft, gentle tannins impart the wine with a smoothness second to none.
Despite it’s relatively young age, this Shiraz is very drinkable right now but has great aging potential given it’s solid profile and fine tannin structure.
The estate also offers a Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Merlot and a red blend, the Verreaux. Eagle’s Nest estate also supports the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme, promoting the awareness and conservation of the Verreaux’s Eagle.