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Cirrus a Spectator Daily Wine Pick

No joke: Cirrus is seriously good Syrah, gaining notice today as a Wine Spectator “Daily Wine Pick.”

Apr. 01, 2014: CIRRUS Syrah Stellenbosch 2010 (93 points, $40)
A big, broad, toasty style, with an ample core of crushed plum, steeped currant and blackberry paste flavors, rolled with charcoal and backed by a lingering anise note. Not shy, offering singed vanilla and cocoa powder accents on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. 225 cases made. —James Molesworth

Cirrus is a wine inspired by the time that Jean Engelbrecht spent in California two decades ago, as he gained valuable insight that would inform his work at his family’s Rust en Vrede estate in South Africa.

“In the early 1990s, I met Ray Duncan and his sons David and Tim, the owners of one of Napa’s great wineries, Silver Oak,” Jean explains. “Over the years our friendship grew which led us to establish the Cirrus Wine Company. Since our first vintage in 2003, I believe we succeeded in capturing the very essence of a Shiraz influenced by both Stellenbosch and Napa.”

In addition to its 93-point Spectator rating, the 2010 Cirrus received five stars (out of five) in the 2013 Decanter Wine Awards. The judges’ tasting note: “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 long finish.

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