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Cirrus Syrah 2003
Technical Analysis
: Louis Strydom
Main Variety : Shiraz
Alcohol : 14.5 %vol
pH : 3.67
RS : 2.9 g/l
Total Acid : 6.8 g/l
Appellation : Western Cape
Type : Red

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2006 – Silver Medal
Tasting Notes
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2006 - Silver Medal
Appearance: Inky black
Bouquet: Savory aromas reminiscent of the Rhone Region make the initial impression. Cinnamon spice and violets emerge as the wine opens up. The fruit component is made up of dark fruit aromas. Hint of perfume.
Palate: The structure of the wine on the palate is the outstanding component. A delightful thickness in the mouth, well-defined velvety tannins, leading into a lingering finish. Pleasing vanilla spice notes and blackcurrant fruit on the mid-palate.
Impression: Leaning very much toward a Rhone Style of Syrah, this wine is bold and expansive. It certainly makes a powerful statement.
Blend Information
97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
In The Vineyard
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 parrellel 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 a specific wine – Cabernet Sauvignon for Silver Oak and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot 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. In 2004 Jean’s longtime friend and business partner, Ernie Els, became part of this exciting venture that was now formed between the three families.

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. As it turned out, their maiden vintage, 2003, was a great vintage in South Africa and the result is one that all involved are extremely excited about. This wine is the expression of the long-term view between three families that believe wine, above all should bring people together.
In The Cellar
This wine was matured for 18 months in a combination of new French and American 300 l barrels.

Other Vintages
Cirrus Syrah 2011 Coenie Snyman Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2010 Coenie Snyman Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2007 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2007 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2006 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2004 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2003 Louis Strydom Shiraz

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Annandale Road (R44) P.O. Box 7595, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
Ernie Els Wines (Pty) Ltd      2004/008991/07
Proprietor: E. Els & H. Von Staff-Reitzenstein - Directors: S. Makin, E. Oblowitz, M. Sander, L. Strydom, H. Von Staff-Reitzenstein, J. Von Staff-Reitzenstein