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Eagles Nest Constantia Sauvignon Blanc

4,295 KShs

This wine showcases a light golden hue. The nose initially shows: opulent tropical fruit aromas, including aromas of stone fruits, gooseberries, limes and a hint of blackberry and cut grass. These aromas are complimented by a subtle nuttiness and some spicy notes as the wine develops in the glass. Delicious tropical flavours prevail on the palate, these are further complimented by distinct minerality and a fresh, zesty core. Some barrel ageing applied in the cellar softens the acidity on the palate and results in a rounded, textured mouthfeel.

This 2022 vintage is only the second Constantia Origin Sauvignon Blanc produced by the Estate. The grapes come from 2 blocks of Sauvignon Blanc located about 10 5 km away from the False Bay coastline, ideally positioned to produce world class cool climate Sauvignon Blanc. Three separate components were harvested at different times from these blocks to allow for the creation of distinct components to add further complexity to this wine. For each of the respective component’s grapes were hand picked into small lug boxes and cooled in a specialised cooling room to 5ºC. The following morning the grapes were gently whole bunch pressed, recovering about 70 of the juice. Only the premium clear juice was racked off and sent for fermentation. The three components were all inoculated with different cultured yeast strains all designed to express a specific unique quality while respecting the terroir of the grapes 65 of the juice was fermented in older 500 L French oak barrels and 35 was fermented in a stainless steel tank. The wine was aged for 8 months on its fermentation lees after which the respective components were blended for a layered, complex white wine.

Country: South Africa
Region: Constantia 
ABV: 14% vol
Suggested Food Pairings: Excellent on its own, or served with barbecued meat, veal, poultry, pasta and red meat dishes
Remarks: exceptional.. 

Eagles’ Nest, located on the crest of Constantia Nek pass, is nestled at the foot of the awe-inspiring Table Mountain. This pristine and boutique family-owned vineyard has in recent years gained a striking reputation for both its beauty and award-winning wines.

Eagles’ Nest was originally a section of Groot Constantia, the wine supplier to European nobility, established by Simon van der Stel in the late 1600’s. Eagles’ Nest’s 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, since 1984 it has been in the control of the Mylrea family.

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 focus of the farm to wine. Whilst the Constantia Valley is most famous for white wines, it was felt that Eagles’ Nest, with its unique terroir within the valley, would be more suited to red wines.

With its East, West and North facing slopes it is the steepest commercially farmed land in the Cape region, if not in all of South Africa. The land is located 10.5 km from the warm False Bay coast line and is in the direct path of the summer trade wines.

Uniquely characteristic of its wines is its signature of finesse, derived from the cooler climate conditions its vines are exposed to as a result of its elevation and close proximity to the oceanic body that is False Bay, thus delivering very distinctive wines not found elsewhere in South Africa.

Quality and consistency is paramount at Eagles’ Nest. Our unique terroir, combined with meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and cellar, yields wines that are: the epitome of elegance and balance.

The farm’s objective is to produce, consistently, wines that are quality driven every step of the way and that are a true reflection of our unique terroir 

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