Eagles Nest really is a beautiful, relaxed space it maybe doesn’t have the pedigree of its more illustrious neighbours but certainly make up for it with charm.
We were served canapés with the Little Eagle Rose 2017 on arrival, which was a lovely refreshing way to start off the evening.
The first starter was the seared Lourensford Trout with parisienne potato, caper beurre blanc and roasted baby marrow which was served with the Eagles Nest Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
The Second Starter was the Double baked cheese soufflé with cumin and onion marmalade, Parmesan and micro greens. A challenging dish but really well executed and perfectly paired with the Eagles Nest Viognier 2016. This Viognier was really good and is fast becoming one of my favourites.
The Main Course was the Venison Wellington with roasted mushrooms, seasonal greens, Sultana puree and a star anise jus. This course was served with the Eagles nest Merlot 2013. This course was really well executed, the venison was perfectly seasoned and prepared and the pastry was light and buttery.
Dessert was the flourless chocolate tart, ganache, red wine poached pears, spicy pear puree and salted bitter chocolate ice cream. This was serves with the Eagles Nest Shiraz 2014. I have mixed feelings about this course. I’m not a huge fan of flourless cakes; I don’t particularly like the density. The Shiraz, although complementary to the course, was not my favourite as I found it quite spicy.
What a way to celebrate the arrival of idyllic summers evening in Cape Town. The courses and pairings for the evening worked well, although again maybe not to my personal taste which is of course subjective. I definitely look forward to popping around to try and do some wine-tasting at Eagles Nest over lunch, while enjoying some of the charcuterie on offer.
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Wine Farm Info:
Constantia Main Rd,
Tel No: 021 794 4095
10b, The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre,
Tel No: 021 883 2808
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse