Eagles Nest Constantia Viognier
This wine reflects a golden hue. The nose shows, enticing aromas of: fresh, ripe yellow fruit, complimented by subtle citrus notes of: lemon and lime. Delicate floral notes and spice develop in the glass. A refined and delicate palate follows.. Integrated acidity and freshness, testimony to this wine’s cool climate origin, is beautifully balanced by: richness and texture offered by even handed wooding applied in the cellar.
Grown in the cool climate Constantia Valley, the grapes for this wine come from five Viognier blocks planted on different sections of Eagles’ Nest, which make up a total of 2.58ha. These blocks are planted on altitudes ranging from 100m to 400m above sea level, and slopes facing from North, East to West. Each of the blocks were individually picked and processed, to produce separate and distinct Viognier components, to allow for the creation of a layered and complex wine.
For each of the respective components, grapes were carefully hand-picked and transported to the cellar where they were cooled in a specialised cooling room. The whole bunches were placed in a pneumatic bag press and gently pressed, recovering about 55%. The juice settled overnight in a stainless-steel tank, after which only the premium clear juice was racked off to 10% first fill 500L French Oak barrels, 45 % second and 45% third fill barrels. The fermentation temperatures were relatively low, peaking at 18ºC. During the wine’s maturation in barrel, it received a fortnightly batonage and topping up. After 6 months maturation selected barrels were blended and allowed to harmonise before bottling in: October 2021.
Country: South Africa
ABV: 13.4% vol
Suggested Food Pairings: Viognier can be a tricky wine to match up, but the richness of the wine works well with: richer proteins – think roast chicken, turkey or poached salmon. The rich and creamy texture, of: Viognier makes it an excellent pairing with creamy and buttery cheeses. Soft and creamy cheeses such as: Brie and Camembert
Remarks: A cool-climate Viognier, this wine is: rich! but beautifully balanced, power and poise, with subtle peach fruit aromas. A pristine wine, via a boutique family-owned winery
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