Eagles’ Nest Verreaux 2008

February 29, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 6 Comments

Eagles’s Nest , a relatively new winery in Constantia, has done so well with its Shiraz that I’ve tended to overlook its other offerings.

During dinner on Friday night at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel’s The Greenhouse Restaurant to mark the start of the third annual Constantia Fresh festival, the 2008 vintage of the property’s Bordeaux style red blend Verreaux was served next to Chateau Croix de Labrie Saint-Emilion 2007 and Chateau L’Eglise Clinet Pomerol 2007 (the wines accompanying a dish of roast duck breast, confit of duck leg, cepe mushroom cream, late summer berries and lentils).

The Verreaux  is Merlot-driven but includes small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and was matured for 16 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill barrels (price: R145 a bottle). What impressed was the pure, succulent fruit on this wine. This, in addition to it being medium- rather than full-bodied and not overly tannic, makes it ridiculously more-ish. Out of the three wines on show, the L’Eglise Clinet probably just shaded it by virtue of having more complexity and structure while the Brettanomyces character on the Croix de Labrie was so severe as to make it undrinkable, at least for me.

Footnote: a big note of thanks to members-only chauffeur service Good Fellas for getting me home safely.

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  1. Shane GordonMarch 4, 2012 at 2:28 pmReply

    Dear All

    Some comment or discussion on Eagle’s Nest wine would be far more interesting than the above thread. Lets keep the comments on wine and wine related matters. Happy drinking. Promotion of and the elimination of drink driving is commendable in any country. Cheers to all.

  2. KwispedoorMarch 2, 2012 at 9:39 pmReply

    There’s just not enough money in wine journalism in this country. You said “arguably”, Tim, and I agree: I, for one, am happy with journalists making as much money as possible from the fringes. I can’t see how Christian  getting free and safe rides from Good Fellas in exchange for the odd one sentence promotion hurts his objectivity or blog content regarding wine. Too many people drive under the influence of alcohol in this country in any event. Here’s to both of you getting more financial reward for your sterling efforts – [I say, guiding some KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010 down the hatch]. Oh, and to wine journalists – and people in general – in this country being nice to each other. 

  3. ChristianMarch 2, 2012 at 8:09 pmReplyAuthor

    You seem to suggest that media should be totally free from any commercial interests before it is credible which I would counter is absurd. Ideally, I want a big enough audience for my blog that advertisers potentially see it as a means of advertising. Why? It might help keep my daughters in nappies. How am I going to attract more visitors to my website? By offering reliable, impartial wine buying advice. Hence I would never take advertising from a wine producer. Outside of wine, however, I am happy for this blog to be associated with any reputable product or service and see absolutely no reason why this would be compromising (in stark contrast to being a judge on a flight of wines in which your own product is included).

  4. Tim JamesMarch 2, 2012 at 6:57 pmReply

    The alternative to drinking and driving is a very specific one – you have recommended this particular service (one of many available before). There are many “common business practices” that respectable journalists should arguably not engage in. In my opinion making favourable comments about a commercial entity in exchange for benefiting financially from that entity (getting free services) is one of them.

  5. ChristianMarch 2, 2012 at 4:49 pmReplyAuthor

    Hi Tim, My relationship with Good Fellas is what’s conventionally known as a “trade exchange”. It’s a fairly common business practice – they have an advertising presence on my blog and I get to you use their service for free. As for the reference which appears at the end of this posting, I intended it as an “endorsement”. I’m in the business of wine reviews and I am fairly sure that most sensible people won’t see my recommendation of an alternative to drinking and driving as a conflict of interest.

  6. Tim JamesMarch 2, 2012 at 2:35 pmReply

    Hey Christian, is your reference to the chauffeur service by any chance an advertorial? A less problematical thing than the conflicts of interest you correctly object to in Classic Wine?

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