RUFFLED FEATHERS AT EAGLES NEST WINES

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ITS BEEN A CHILLY WINTER

Spring may be near, but this year has seen a typical stormy Cape winter grace the peninsula with all its might. Heavy rainfall and snow on the high ground (Including Johannesburg) has been the order of the day. In terms of rainfall, at Eagles’ Nest, we’re 5 months ahead of last year’s rainfall pattern. As at 31 August, 878 mm has been recorded to date, versus 506 mm recorded over the same period last year. Due to last year being regarded as a relatively dry season, this year has truly seen a good recovery to normal levels of rainfall. We have also exceeded our 10 year rainfall average which stands at 775 mm.

In the vineyard, while the vines slumber in the cold and wet weather, our viticultural team has been actively busy implementing the annual haircut. Kobus and his team have virtually completed the pruning schedule for the year, before readying themselves for the budding and pollination season.

 

 

NEW WINE RELEASE: The ‘Pink’ Little Eagle

It’s true that sibling rivalry in an Eagles’ Nest can be a fiery relationship at the best of times, but being the only hatchling can also be a lonely affair. The team has therefore decided to launch with great excitement the Little Eagle Rose this coming spring as part of the Little Eagle range, joining the Little Eagle Red which has ruled the roost for a number of years. Rumour has it that a Little Eagle White may also join the family soon, in order to avoid the range being labelled a Pigeon pair.

 

 

2011 RED BLENDS ARE DECIDED

Recently Stuart finalised his blend of the Shiraz 2011 and Merlot 2011 wines and early indications are that these two wines are going to be remarkable. They will next be bottled in December, following which they’ll be bottled matured for a number of months to allow the wine to stabilise, before releasing them to the Wine Club and public.

 

 

THE EAGLES’ NEST LOYALTY CLUB

It was decided to offer all supporters of our wines something special, for returning to the same Nest year on year to stock their wine collections.

Simply by committing to a minimum purchase of 18 bottles of wine annually (pre-paid), the club will give you exclusive access to:

-          Pre-released wines

-          Reserve wines

-          Special offers

-          Invitation to events hosted by Eagles’ Nest

-          Personalised wine tastings in your own home by our ambassadors  / winemaker

-          Access to our tasting room to host your own wine club after-hours

Should you wish to join our club, simply send us your contact details to: wineclub@eaglesnestwines.com / Fax: +27 (0) 21 794 7113. Our wine club coordinator will then contact you with further instructions.

 

 

EAGLES’ NEST SCORES WITH SAWi INDEX

We’re absolutely elated to announce that our unique terroir, great grapes and adetermined team effort has earned three recognitions at the recent SAWi Wine Index ceremony, which took place at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town! Since the inception of the SAWi Index, Eagles’ Nest has consistently achieved high scores each year, which affirms the property’s terroir capability of consistently delivering high quality grapes over a range of vintages.

Our winners:

 

SAWi  Platinum Award -          Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2009
   
SAWi  Top Cellar -          Eagles’ Nest Winery
   
SAWi  Top Wine Maker -          Stuart Botha

 

We trust you’ll come and celebrate this achievement with us at the Tasting Room soon!

Read more about SAWi : http://www.sawineindex.com/about

 

 

TAGGING INCA THE LITTLE BLACK EAGLE

On 27 August Eagles’ Nest was privileged to witness the tagging of the Silver Mine Black Eagle (Verreaux’s Eagle) chick. Eagles’ Nest has supported the Raptor Research project for a number of years by donating proceeds on a monthly basis towards their efforts which aims to conserve the remaining Raptors of the Cape. 

PICTURE BY: ANDREW JENKINS

“Sponsored by Eagles Nest Wine Estate in Constantia, the Black Eagle hide was conceptualised and built in an effort to manage  the number of visitors wanting to view the nesting Black Eagles whilst at the same time, protecting the natural area from erosion as a result of the increase in visitors. The purpose of the hide is to enable visitors to view the eagles from a safe area and at the same time raise awareness to the care and respect that these great raptors deserve, especially when breeding.” – says Gavin Bell from the Table Mountain National Park.

“The modest look-out – built of natural stone and able to safely accommodate a half-dozen or so people at a time – has been constructed far enough away from the nest so as not to disturb the birds, but within clear sight for those using good binoculars and/or a decent (bird) spotting scope. The look-out and signage, which includes directional signs and an interpretive board at the main car park, are sponsored, appropriately, by Eagles’ Nest Wines in nearby Constantia.

Project co-ordinator and citizen scientist Lucia Rodrigues explained that Inca had hatched from the second egg in the nest. The first, unusually, had not hatched and was still in the nest. He – the chick is believed to be male – would probably fledge in about a fortnight’s time, but after his first very tentative flight might spend as much as another 10 days at his landing spot before trying his wings again, she said. “They fly very hesitantly at first – it’s like a child learning to walk.” Extract compliments of the Cape Argus dated 29 August (page. 12).

The Eagles’ Nest team looks forward to keeping our face-book and twitter followers posted @eaglesnestwines and www.facebook.com/eaglesnestwines

 

 

OUR PERCH SPOTS

We look forward to seeing you at the following eventS in the coming months:

 

Date Month Event Place
       
5 September Societi Brasserie Wine Tasting Cape Town
       
19 September Cellars Hohenort French Themed dinner Constantia
       
25-27 September Cape Wine Cape Town
       
19 October Constantia Rotary Wine Festival Constantia
       
20 October Wine tasting at Manuka Somerset-West
       
24-26 October Winex Johannesburg Johannesburg
       
27 October Spring Festival  Constantia
       
7-11 November Constantia Gift Fair Constantia
       
29-30 November Winex Cape Town Cape Town

 

 

SPOT US ON THE LIST……

We’re proud to announce the following new listings our team has managed to secure in the past month or two. Next time you visit either of these establishments; do enjoy our wines with the recommended dishes. 

 

WESTERN CAPE:

Wijnhuis Restaurant (Stellenbosch & Newlands)
   
Hussar Grill Restaurant (Steenberg)
   
Cattle Baron Restaurant (Tygervalley & Constania)
   
12 Apostles Restaurant & Hotel (Camps Bay)
   
Pod Hotel (Camps Bay)

 

GAUTENG:

Mosaic Restaurant (Pretoria)
   
Ritrova Restaurant (Pretoria)
   
Silver Orange Restaurant (Hartebeespoort Dam)
   
Fantastico Restaurant (Johannesburg)
   
La Campagnola Restaurant (Johannesburg)

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Importer: Big 5 Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)

 

 

THE SQUAWKER (TWITTER) CORNER

Thank you to all our loyal followers @eaglesnestwines and who have kindly squawked about our wines. To date we have 1,304 followers.

Here are just a few squawks from people that had something to say about our wines or service:

@NINESPRINGSWINE : @eaglesnestwines I cook my sweet morrocan lamb with Bordeaux and pair it with your shiraz

@ina_smith: @eaglesnestwines Visited Saturday past and can also confirm that your viognier was outta this world…

@winecellarJHB: @eaglesnestwinesShiraz ’09 Just what we need in Jozi to warm the cockles of our hearts this snowy afternoon!

@Blackdelilah: Elegance in a glass! The 2009 @eaglesnestwines Shiraz @CarolinesFWC #redwinereview

@notjustwine : Very fortunate enough to have @KleinConstantia Riesling 09 and @eaglesnestwines Shiraz 06 tonight. We live and die by the wines we drink…

 

Have a great Spring or Autumn, depending on where you stay!

The Eagles’ Nest Team