Jean Engelbrecht was drawn to the wines of Silver Oak Cellars in Napa Valley, California through a shared winemaking philosophy and common focus: both wineries produced only red wine, and even further, both concentrated on a specific wine – Cabernet Sauvignon for Silver Oak and the Estate Wine for Rust en Vrede.
Inevitably Jean met Ray Duncan, proprietor of Silver Oak, and a friendship was formed which included visits to both continents. The synergy that developed between the two families, their mutual love for wine, and the challenge to produce a wine together led to the formation of The Cirrus Wine Company.
As the wine was to be produced in South Africa, it was a natural decision to produce a Syrah. Since their maiden vintage in 2003 they have gone on to sweep the board with top accolades both in South Africa and the UK.
“Superb purity of fleshy black fruits, olives and floral aromas. The intense, chunky palate is bristling with more juicy fruit. Touches of savoury and umami characters add complexity to a long finish.” Decanter 5 Stars (2010 Cirrus Syrah)
• Minimum 90 pts for every vintage produced – Wine Spectator
• Top 10 SA Shiraz/Syrah: Top Wine SA Awards 2014
2011 Cirrus Syrah (15%+) IWC 2014: Silver; IWSC 2014: Silver Outstanding; Tim Atkin: 90 pts