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Eagle’s Nest Shiraz wins Best Shiraz 2009 in the IWSC!

EAGLES’ Nest, a boutique vineyard in Constantia, has won the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s (IWSC’s) International Trophy for the Best Shiraz in this year’s competition with their Shiraz 2007!

Only two other South African wine estates have received this award: Boland Kelder in 2001 and 2003, and Nederburg in 2007. Says Leaver: “Both previous South African winners are from well-established estates, the 2007 Eagles’ Nest Shiraz is, however, only our vineyard’s second release.”

Andrew Leaver, commercial manager of Eagles’ Nest, says: “We are delighted with this international acclaim. This is probably the most respected competition on the international stage. The finest wines from every wine region in the world enter, making the winner, essentially, the best example of its cultivar in the world.”

Consulting winemaker to Eagles’ Nest, Martin Meinert, who won Winemaker of the Year at the Investec Private Bank Winemakers Choice Awards with this Shiraz, says: “I am exceptionally proud of this wine. To my knowledge, it is unprecedented that a small estate can win such international acclaim with its second release.”

Eagles’ Nest vineyards were established after a 2000 fire that destroyed the fynbos and natural vegetation on the farm, as well as 95% of the forestation, and the owners, the Mylrea family, decided to shift their focus to wine. In the 1600s the farm had formed part of Simon van der Stel’s Groote Constantia that produced wine for the nobility in Europe. According to resident winemaker Stuart Botha, although the Constantia wine region is well known for its white wines, Eagles’ Nest has a unique terroir within the valley as it is situated on the highest slope in the Constantia Valley, making it more suitable to reds. “We are concentrating on three cultivars, our prize- winning Shiraz; Merlot which is award-winning in its own right with four stars in the Platter Guide, and ironically the cultivar our customers often prefer; and one white, our Viognier, which also won a Silver-Best in Class award at this year’s IWSC.”

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