Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Eagles Nest Wines at Punchinellos Southern Sun Montecasino 7th December

Punchinello’s Restaurant Southern Sun Montecasino presents

Simplicity with Flavour

Chef Gerard Vinderling and his brigade take pride in inviting South Africa’s most distinguished chefs to share their talents and present their own special menu. Come and share the occasion.

7th December 2010

Dinner starts at 7pm

A four course menu accompanied by specially paired Eagles Nest wines
R250 per person. For Restaurant Reservations call
011 367 4367. Limited seats available

Arnold Tanzer
Continental Director for Africa and Middle East
World Association of Chefs Societies
Vice President South African Chefs Association
Chef Patron Tanzer Foods
Chef Gerard Vingerling
Executive Chef Southern Sun Montecasino Hotel

Winemaker Stuart Botha – Eagles Nest Constantia

Supreme of Cape Line Fish
Pan-fried with caramilised Pineapple and accompanied with Vegetable Atchar and crispy Pork Lardons
2009 Eagles’ Nest Viognier
Plum Tomato Consommé
with Parma Ham shavings and sweet Basil Leaves served with Bruschetta
2008 Eagles’ Nest Verreaux Red Blend
Gently Braised Beef Short Ribs
with Horseradish, Spinach ‘hutspot’ and
pickled Onion
2008 Eagles’ Nest Shiraz
White Chocolate Pave
with Salted Caramel and Apple petals
Nuy Red Muscadel
Strawberry Macaroons
Jameson Gold Reserve ‘nightcap‘
Winemaker, Stuart Botha, Eagles Nest Constantia

Eagles Nest

Eagles’ Nest was originally a section of Groote Constantia, the wine supplier to European nobility, established by Simon van der Stel in the late 1600’s. Whilst the Constantia Valley is most famous for its whites, it was felt that Eagles’ Nest, with its unique terroir within the valley, would be more suited to reds. With its East, West and North facing slopes it is the steepest commercially farmed land in the Cape region, if not in all of South Africa. The land is located 10.5km from the warm False Bay coast line and in the direct path of the summer trade winds. The farm’s objective is to produce, consistently, wines that are quality driven every step of the way and that are a true reflection of our unique terrior. Our current vintages are 2009 Viognier, 2006 Merlot, 2008 Shiraz, 2008 Verreaux (premium red blend), 2010 Sauvignon Blanc the 2008 The Little Eagle (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot). Proceeds from the sale of The Little Eagle 2008 go towards funding the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme, and specifically the protection of the last pair of Verreaux’s Eagles (formally called the Black Eagle) on Table Mountain Nature Reserve. Our viticulturist and farm manager is Kobus Jordaan and winemaker is Stuart Botha under the guidance of Martin Meinert of Meinert Wines.

Stuart Botha – Wine maker

Originally from Durban, but schooled at Wynberg Boys’ High School and Elsenberg, Stuart is the quintessential modern winemaker: obsessive about quality at every stage of the winemaking process, hugely knowledgeable about winemaking techniques in various international wine regions and driven to ensure that our wines are a true reflection of their terroir. After graduating, Stuart worked at our neighbouring farm Constantia Glen before heading off to work in St Emillion in Bordeaux. Since joining Eagles’ Nest before the 2008 harvest, Stuart oversees all aspects of the winemaking process. What, in Stuart’s view, makes a great wine? It is a wine that is true to its origin, is unique in its flavour profile and is the embodiment of finesse, complexity and elegance