History

Eagles' Nest was originally a section of Groote Constantia, the wine supplier to European nobility, established by Simon van der Stel in the late 1600''. Its history reveals that it operated as a commercial farm producing export fruit, as well as vegetables for the local market up until the 1960's. Over time the farm has had a number of owners. The current owners, the Mylrea family, bought the farm in 1984.

Eagles' Nest was originally a section of Groote Constantia, the wine supplier to European nobility, established by Simon van der Stel in the late 1600's. Its history reveals that it operated as a commercial farm producing export fruit, as well as vegetables for the local market up until the 1960's. Over time the farm has had a number of owners. The current owners, the Mylrea family, bought the farm in 1984.

Following a devastating mountain fire in 2000 which destroyed all of the natural fynbos vegetation and Protea plants, as well as approximately 95% of the forestation, it was decided to move the farm's focus to wine. Whilst the Constantia Valley is most famous for its whites, it was felt that Eagles' Nest, with its unique terroir within the valley, would be more suited to reds. The farm is the only one in Constantia with East, West and North facing slopes. It is also the steepest commercially farmed land in the Cape region, if not in all of South Africa. The land is located 10.5km from the warm False Bay coast line and in the direct path of the summer trade winds. The lower vineyards are at around 150m above sea level and the highest at approximately 400m above sea level. Average rainfall is approximately 1100mm to 1200mm per annum. Of the total area of 38.4 hectares, approximately 12 hectares are under vine which will deliver around 120 ton due to the fact that the steep slopes allow for a higher that normal vine density per hectare.

The maturation strategy for the reds is to put one third in new wood, one third in second fill barrels and one third in third fill barrels for around 18 months. It is also anticipated that the wine will, once bottled, lie for a further 12 to 18 months before going to market. The Viognier will lie in third fill barrels for approximately 6 to 8 months and will be marketed once bottled. Screw top closures are used for all wines.

Our maiden harvest was 2005, producing Shiraz, Merlot and Viognier. Our second vintage, the 2006, resulted in the Shiraz being awarded the Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine as well as being awarded 5-stars in the 2009 Platter Wine Guide. The 2006 Merlot was awarded 4-stars in the same guide.

Our current releases are 2008 Shiraz, 2006 Merlot, 2008 Verreaux (a premium red blend), 2008 The Little Eagle (red blend of merlot, cab franc and petit verdot), 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Viognier.

Our farm manager is Kobus Jordaan. Kobus knows the terroir of Constantia better than anyone, having spent over 20 years at Klein Constantia, and knows just how to nurture the vines so that they can realise their excellent potential. Our winemaker is Stuart Botha, with Martin Meinert acting as consultant. Kevin Watt consults to us and oversees our long term viticulture strategy.

The 150 ton cellar was completed in time for the 2008 harvest.  Where we are not able to plant vineyards we have re-established fynbos between the vineyard blocks. We have also planted over 15000 Silver Trees at the top of the farm as part of our long-term rehabilitation strategy of the natural environment.

Due to the steep gradient of the vineyards, all operations are done by hand, from pruning right through to picking.

The farm is open for sales and tastings Monday - Friday from 10h00 - 17h00 and Saturdays from 09h00 - 16h00.


Eagles Nest
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