Cirrus
2011
2011

As Jean Engelbrecht gained knowledge and an understanding of Californian wine, and in particular those from Napa, he was drawn to the wines of Silver Oak Cellars, their philosophy and the focused way they ran their operation. Drawing a parallel to his own family estate in South Africa, Rust en Vrede, he noted that both wineries focused on producing only red wine, and even further, concentrating on specific varietals.

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. The view taken by the partners was one of starting off small, and to ensure that the venture was laying a strong and solid foundation for the future. The maiden vintage of this wine was in 2003. Cirrus Syrah is the expression of the long-term view between two families that believe wine, above all, should bring people together.

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Wine Notes
Color
Dark purple
Aroma
Beautiful blue and black berry aromas are backed up by a bouquet of floral notes. Subtle hints of underlying mocha add to the overall complexity.
Taste
This wine has a powerful entry, with an exceptional follow through of the berry aromas onto the palate. Candied fruit flavors are seamlessly integrated with the subtle oak notes. Long, lingering, well-structured finish.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2011
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
97% 
Syrah
3% 
Viognier
Appellation: 
Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 
15.00%
Acid Level: 
5.10 g/l
Sugar Level: 
2.20 g/l
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
Made in typical Côte-Rôtie style.
Length/Type of Aging: 
Matured for 18 months in a combination of new French and American oak barrels.
Bottled Date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Release Date:
Friday, November 1, 2013
Cases Produced: 
1,800
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML
Imported From: 
Republic of South Africa