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The flowers are blooming, butterflies are fluttering, our babbling brook is babbling, the sun is shining and the wine is flowing – a summer’s day at Eagles’ Nest. Why not pop in and soak up the season whilst sipping on some delectable wines and nibbling on a platter of your choice…
This time of the year Eagles’ Nest is a hive of activity with budding vines, a busy Tasting Room and the blending of the 2015 vintage blending taking place in the cellar.
Tickle your Taste Buds at our Tasting Room
The first bit of tantalising news is that our picnics are back for the summer months! With a new picnic area across the stream you can now enjoy a lazy afternoon picnic on the lawns on a picnic blanket or bench whilst sipping on your favourite Eagles’ Nest wine.
We have now said goodbye to our soups which quickly became a wonderful winter favourite however we will be sure to bring them back after the sunny summer months.
We will be open throughout the festive season Monday – Sunday from 10h00 to 16h30. Our kitchen closes at 16h00. We will be closed for Christmas Day & Boxing Day [25 & 26 December 2016] as well as New Year’s Day [1 January 2017] to allow our staff some time with their family and friends.
Wines Of the Moment
Did you know we release a limited amount of Magnums from every vintage? Currently available is our award winning Shiraz 2013 Magnum and Merlot 2013 Magnum – they come in a beautiful box and make for the perfect Christmas present; or keep them for a few years and open them on a special occasion. We are super excited to announce that we will also be releasing a limited amount of Eagles’ Nest Viognier 2016 Magnums – these will fly off the shelves like presents in Santa’s Workshop. We will announce their arrival via our social media platforms so keep an eye on them here
We thought we would give you a heads up on a few new exciting vintages as well as the last chance to buy certain favourites. Sadly we have nearly reached the last of the much loved Little Eagle Red 2014 – this is the perfect any occasion wine so get your hands on some while you still can. There will be a short stock out before the 2015 vintage is available in the New Year.
With the sun coming out of hibernation we thought we would tell you about two of our summer favourites the Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Little Eagle Rose 2016. These are both now available. Make sure to pop by this holiday season to taste these latest vintages
After a long stock out we are also delighted to inform you that the Eagles’ Nest Viognier will be back soon – look out for the release of the Eagles’ Nest Viognier 2016 before the Christmas Carols are in full swing.
Even though we only released the Eagles’ Nest Merlot 2012 earlier this year we are sadly just about sold out! We have the last few bottles of this special vintage available so make sure to get some…and look out for the Eagles’ Nest Merlot 2013 which will be released shortly.
Our Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2013 is also almost sold out – with some bling on the bottle it makes for a great spoiling to a loved one – be sure to get some before it is all gone. The Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2014 will be released within the next few weeks, watch this space
Speaking of Christmas we will be putting together some awesome gift packs to make gift giving that much easier for you – these will only be available from the Tasting Room unless specially organised with Kaylee.
While sipping on your favourite Eagles’ Nest Tipple pop over to our website to see our videos on our wines HERE
News from the Cellar
Did you know, based on the varying altitudes and undulations that make up the Eagles’ Nest terroir, we vinify various small “batches” from each of the varietals we grow – as many as 10 to 12 per variety. Small parcels are picked, fermented and matured separately, and only after 16 to 18 months’ barrel maturation, select components are blended together to make up the layered and complex final wine.
As the year draws to a close, we will now be blending the select components of our two reds, the Eagles’ Nest Merlot and Eagles’ Nest Shiraz, from the much anticipated 2015 vintage and committing them to bottle to allow some bottle maturation before their release.
2015 has already been heralded as a great red wine vintage by many, and the excitement around the blending table was palpable, as we signed off on the final wines after many hours of scrutiny.
We must not forget that it was not only grape growing and winemaking that went into the making of this excellent vintage, but also the hard slog of every member of the Eagles Nest family, the Cape Town community and the ever brave and hardworking Fire Fighters, who fought the fires that threatened to overwhelm the property for the second time in its existence. Thankfully we had a literal “wind at our back” and we managed to save not only this darling of a vintage, but the farm in its entirety. March 3rd 2015 was a crucial day to be on the winning team… and that we very much were.
We have also just bottled the 2016 Viognier. This wine has benefitted from 7 months in French oak barrels and the now matured vineyards have added even more intensity and remarkable texture to the wine.
News from the vineyards
This time of the year the vineyards paint a beautiful bright, green picture against the steep mountainside as lush green canopies take shape
Kobus and the team have just finished SUCKERING – the process where the shoots of the newly refreshed vines are thinned out so that the vines are able to produce better quality grapes. This process is crucial in managing the yields allowing small crops of incredibly concentrated fruit.
This time of the year is also when the mesh nets are put up to protect our precious buds against the hard South Easter. The “Cape Doctor”, as it is infamously known by many South Africans, may not be the most welcomed wind by the holiday makers, however it is a crucial element of our terroir allowing for cool growing conditions high up against the Constantia slopes.
Let us just clear our throats so we can proudly boast about our new awards *ahem*…
Decanter World Wine Awards 92 Points
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: Highest rated Viognier
SAWI Awards 2016: Platinum and Highest rated Viognier
Tim Atkin SA Report 2016: 91 Points
4.5 * Platters Guide 2017
Tim Atkin SA Report 2016: 91 Points
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Top 3 in the Merlot category
SAWI Awards 2016: Grand Gold
Gold: Michelangelo Wine Awards
4.5* Platters Guide 2017
Shiraz Association South Africa: Top 12
SAWI Awards 2016: Platinum and highest rated Shiraz
Winemag.co.za – 95/100
Tim Atkin SA Report 2016: 94 Points
4.5* Platters Guide 2017
With that we wish you adieu…until next time!