South Africa’s Eagle’s Nest wine farm sits high in the mountains of Constantia. Their 2007 Shiraz won the trophy at the Five Nations Wine Challenge in 2011.
Ross Anderson visited Stuart Botha the winemaker and sent this report from high up on the road overlooking the property. “Stuart invited me up to the farm in Constantia, and took me right to the very top of the estate at an elevation of 500m in a landrover – a hair raising off-road trip. The vineyards are majestic, immaculate and contoured around the valley. He spent considerable time explaining the different terroirs and how they contributed to the flavour profiles of his wines – this is a winemaker on the way up, and a force to be reckoned with in the near future. Stuart lives on the farm, so he eats, sleeps and breathes Eagles Nest. We then returned to the cellar door for a tasting of the range of wines together with a few new additions to the stable, added just last week, as well as a look at some of the earliest viognier made on the farm – with a remarkable similarity to an aged Hunter semillon crossed with an Eden Valley Riesling.
“Everything about Eagles Nest and the Constantia region as a whole is appealing; located on the back slopes of Table Mountain with breathtaking views across False Bay and the Cape flats, all the way to the Helderberg mountain Range and Stellenbosch some 50 km away”.