Eagles Nest Constantia – Little Eagle Merlot
This wine showcases, a burgundy red colour. The nose offers gorgeous ripe berry fruit aromas, complemented by: nuances of dark chocolate, tobacco and subtle spice, These flavours carry through to: a medium bodied pallet, where it is further complimented by: flavours of mulberry, violets and some savoury nuances. The tannins are soft and beautifully integrated, balanced by: delicious freshness on the finish.
The Little Eagle Range is proudly associated with the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme, whose activities include conservation of the last breeding pair of Black Eagles’ located in the Table Mountain National Park. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of these wines goes towards this cause.
Country: South Africa
ABV: 14,5% vol
Suggested Food Pairings: Delicious on: its own! Also, with: roasted vegetables, chicken and turkey. Truffle mushroom risotto, and chocolate
Remarks: Grown, in: the cool climate Constantia Valley, the grapes for this wine are all grown on Eagles’ Nest, against steep mountain slopes, ranging from 100m to 400m altitude. All grapes were handpicked and hand-sorted, and then crushed into various small to medium sized open top fermenters. Pump-over’s were performed three to four times per day. Following fermentation the wine was racked to a combination of 1st, 2ndand 3rdfill 225 French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months. After barrel maturation, select components were racked to tank and blended for: a layered and complex wine
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