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.