DURAN CORNHILL

WHAT SKILL HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DEVELOP?

Play a musical instrument. I have tried the guitar, but due to a lack of both patience and coordination, I never succeeded.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST WINES THAT YOU HAVE TASTED?

It’s a combined first: Silex 2015 and then 2000 and 2009 Chateau Angélus.

 

WHO IS YOUR WINEMAKING HERO, AND WHY?

Emmanuel Fulchi of Chateau Angélus. She is incredibly humble and her ability to share her library of knowledge is inspiring. And then of course,  Matt Day, my mentor.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT IN YOUR JOB?

I once saw an intern turning a 100-ton press before closing the doors. Everyone laughed, except her… It took four hours of shoveling to pick up all the grapes off the floor.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD MATCH TO THE WINES OF EAGLES' NEST?

I would match the Eagles’ Nest Viognier with spicy Thai food from Erawan, while the Merlot would be a great match with a rare rump or sirloin steak.

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY?

I would love to travel the Rhône Valley from North to South with my wife, tasting some of the world’s greatest wines.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT?

I am a lover of basic food, so my two favourites are: Brad’s Grill for steak and chips, and Royale Eatery for a burger and a milkshake.

 

WHAT SKILL HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DEVELOP?

Play a musical instrument. I have tried the guitar, but due to a both patience and coordination, I never succeeded.

 

WHAT IS YOUR TIPPLE, WHEN NOT DRINKING WINE?

Ice cold beer - and lots of it

WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST MOMENT?

The day I found out that my wife was pregnant – the feeling is indescribable.

 

LOOKING BACK, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CAREER HIGHLIGHT?

Two vintages at Chateau Angélus (2014 and the superb 2015 vintage). The move up as winemaker at Eagles’ Nest, a very proud moment.

 

WHAT IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE THAT YOU ADMIRE MOST?

Vin de Constance, it is the true art of achieving balance between acidity and sugar.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Ice Cream – lots of it…

 

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

My challenge, or goal, for 2018 is to spend more time in the vineyard, getting a greater understanding of the Eagles’ Nest terroir; essentially, this is where the wine is born.

 

WHICH WINE WOULD YOU GRAB IF YOUR PRIVATE CELLAR CAUGHT FIRE?

I would grab my collection of Vin de Constance and my 2012 commemorative bottle of Chateau Angélus.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE VARIETALS TO WORK WITH?

I love working with Sauvignon Blanc. Now, as winemaker of Eagles’ Nest, Shiraz and Viognier have become my passion.