Eagles’ Nest – Wine Tasting, Wine Safari and Yummy Platters

After our lekker time at Beau Constantia, us wine bloggers headed out to our next Constantia spot, Eagles' Nest. Although I had visited before, it was a very long time ago, and so I was pleasantly surprised. They have a large grass area with wooden tables dispersed across it and the vibe is really chilled and peaceful. It's the perfect spot to taste some wines and snack on a cheese and charcuterie platter.

When we arrived, we were welcomed dy Du Toit, who surprised us by telling us we'd be going on a wine safari! How cool? (These safaris will be offered to the public soon and I really think it's a great way to fully appreciate the estate.)

Entrance to Eagle's Nest
Going on a Wine Safari

While on the safari, Du Toit filled us in on a bit of the history of the estate. As I've mentioned in my previous post, there was a pretty devastating fire that destroyed a large part of the area back in 2000. Unfortunately, the farm was mostly destroyed, except for the historic buildings. Since then, Eagles' Nest has flourished again and now proudly grows a few varieties of wine.

The wine safari is a really great idea, because, if you don't experience the safari, you are really missing out on the truly amazing views! (The section of grass where you taste wine and snack on the platters is surrounded by tall trees and is thus quite sheltered. And so you really only get a true sense of your surroundings when you head on higher up the mountain).

Check out the stunning view...

You can really see quite a lot from up there! (Side note: If you are exceptionally scared of heights, it's probably not a great idea to do the safari - you can always stay back at the tasting area and drink wine instead) 🙂

We got to enjoy the views with a glass of Eagles' Nest Rosé. How pretty is the colour? (See below). I quite enjoyed this wine - with it's aromas of strawberry and cranberry. It's quite light and refreshing and thus perfect for an occasion such as this.

Anyone for Rosé?

After the safari, we headed back down to the tasting area for some wine and a platter. As you can see below, there's quite a lot of space to spread out, and although it was quite busy when we visited, you don't feel like it's too crowded.

Lekker outside spot to drink wine and chill

They no longer do picnics, but there are a few platter options to choose from, and you are welcome to enjoy your platters on the grass, so it kind of feels like the same thing.

Here are their platter options:

Local Biltong Platter R140
- Sliced Beef Biltong and Beef Droewors

Deli Cuts Platter R165
- Local Charcuterie: Coppa, Chourizo, Salami & Pastrami
- Freshly Baked Bread Of The Day
- Accompanied by Chicken Liver Pâté, Pickled Dill Cucumbers, Mustard and Fresh Fruit

Artisan Cheese Board R185
- Marinated Olive Cream Cheese, Winelands Brie, Cremalat White Cheddar
- Freshly Baked Bread Of The Day
- Accompanied by Fresh Fruit, Pickled Dill Cucumbers, Garlic & Rosemary Marinated Olives And Crackers
- Homemade Onion Chutney & Homemade Sundried Tomato Pesto

And, the platter we had (see below):

Antipasto Platter for Two R300
- Freshly Baked Bread Of The Day
- Marinated Olive Cream Cheese, Winelands Brie, Cremalat White Cheddar
- Local Charcuterie: Coppa, Chourizo, Salami & Pastrami
- Accompanied by Chicken Liver Pâté, Fresh Fruit, Pickled Dill Cucumbers, Homemade Onion Chutney & Homemade Sundried Tomato Pesto

I liked the fact that they are not shy to give you lots of bread ....

Delicious Platter! Yum!

While snacking on your platter, you can taste some wines, like we did. The wine tasting costs R65 to taste 5 wines: the Sauvignon Blanc, the Viognier, the Little Eagle Red (blend), the Merlot and the Shiraz.

I particularly enjoyed the Viognier, and the last two reds. The Viognier smells like Jasmine and has a great balance between the woodiness and the fruit.

The two reds were also great (see below). I haven't enjoyed a Merlot this much in a while. This one had the usual flavours I enjoy: spicy, peppery and red berries - but also tasted like the fruit itself. I found it to be really smooth and perfectly-balanced and possibly too easy drinking 🙂

The Shiraz was also pleasant - also red berries, peppery and spicy, but with a slightly sweeter taste. Both reds cost R175, which are pretty reasonably-priced in my opinion.

Liked this Merlot!
And also this Shiraz!

We really enjoyed our experience at Eagles' Nest. I would certainly recommend it as one of the coolest places to hang out with friends and family for the day - wines, platters, lounging about on the grass - what more do you need? 

Thanks so much to Jared for organizing our outing and to Du Toit for hosting us. We had a very enjoyable, relaxing afternoon.

Contact: +27 21 794 4095
Email: info@eaglesnestwines.com
Address: Old Constantia Main Road, Constantia, 7848
Website: https://eaglesnestwines.com/

Star Rating: ****

Note: We were invited to attend Eagles' Nest by Jared and were thus treated to a complimentary tasting and platter. This review is entirely based on this specific experience and my personal opinion of the wine, food and venue.

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