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Cirrus 2006
Technical Analysis
: Louis Strydom
Main Variety : Shiraz
Alcohol : 15.0 %vol
pH : 3.52
RS : 3.4 g/l
Total Acid : 6.4 g/l
Appellation : Western Cape
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fragrant

Tasting Notes
Appearance: Dark, intense.

Aroma: Rich, classic red fruit aromas, most notably plum and mulberries, are immediately prevalent on the nose, and supported by subtle floral aromas emerging from the small amount of Viognier added to the wine.

Palate: initial orange peel impression from the Viognier is overpowered by attractive red fruit flavours on the mid palate. The wine shows ripe, oaky tannins and a well structured finish.

Impression: "I believe we succeeded in capturing the very essence of both France (Rhône) and South Africa (Stellenbosch) in this wine." - Jean Engelbrecht
Ageing Potential
5-7 years, following year of harvest, peaking after 6 years.
Blend Information
94% Shiraz 6% 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 Jeans 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. The maiden vintage of this wine was in 2003. This 2004 vintage represents everything this wine stands for and more. This wine is the expression of the long-term view between three families that believe wine, above all should bring people together.
About The Harvest
This wine was matured for 18 months in a combination of new French and American Oak 300 litre barrels and is made in a typical Rhône style.

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 2006 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2006 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus 2005 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2004 Louis Strydom Shiraz
Cirrus Syrah 2003 Louis Strydom Shiraz
African Sky Cirrus 2002 Ruby Cabernet
African Sky Cirrus 2001 Ruby Cabernet
African Sky Cirrus 2000 Frans Malan Cabernet Sauvignon
African Sky Cirrus 1999 Frans Malan Shiraz

Tel: +27.218813588   Fax: +27.218813688   Email: info@ernieelswines.com  
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