A relatively newly established shiraz and viognier specialist in Constantia (first bottling 2005), Eagles' Nest was formerly part of the Groot Constantia estate and has been in the hands of the Mylrea family since 1984.
A large bush fire in 2000 provided the opportunity to restore the land with vineyard development. Vineyards lie at 150 to 400 metres above sea level, around 10km from False Bay, buffeted by the summer trade winds. There are twelve hectares planted to shiraz, merlot and viognier, with vineyards facing north and east. Well known winemaker Martin Meinert is consultant here, supporting cellarmaster Stuart Botha.
Platter's South African Wine Guide 2015 describes Eagles' Nest thus: ‘Like a phoenix (or eagle) rising from the ashes, this acclaimed wine label (which supports a local raptor research programme) was born of a potentially devastating fire in 2000. A decimated pine forest left unstable, erosion-prone ground on the steep slopes of the Mylrea family's Constantia eyrie overlooking False Bay. Advised to consider terraced vineyards, they wisely called in the experts (including viticulturist Kevin Watt and red-wine maker par excellence Martin Meinert). The result has been a specialist portfolio of distinctive, cool-climate Constantia origin. Besides standout reds (the shiraz especially fine and acclaimed), there's a benchmark viognier.’