Eikendal, Charisma 2021
This wine is an ingenious creation that certainly lives up to its name. It’s bold, charming and seductive, bringing together the flavours of Rhône, Bordeaux and Italy.
“… this is every bit as impressive as the Janina Chardonnay and could be viewed as its value-for-money twin.” Tim Atkin.
While this is highly approachable in its youth, with red fruit and violets on the nose, it certainly has the structure to age.
80% Shiraz, 17% Petit Verdot, 3% Sangiovese
Situated in the “Golden Triangle” of wine growing, at the foot of the Helderberg mountains, Eikendal vineyards flourish in a mountain and maritime microclimate, ideal for the production of quality wine.
The Charisma 2020 is an ingenious creation and red blend living up to its name. The Shiraz (Rhône Valley) lends a tight, fresh structure with aromatic and seasoned undertones. Petit Verdot (Bordeaux) contributes a rich berry character and the Sangiovese, in true Italian style, adds fruity flavours with flair on the palate. The result is a bold, charming, seductive and ultimately elegant wine.
All three cultivars are handpicked and cooled down. Only destemmed and not crushed. 10-15 day cold soaking before spontaneous fermentation.
Shiraz: one pump over per day. Petit Verdot: two punch downs per day and Sangiovese: one walk through per day. After fermentation the wine is allowed to settle clean.
Shiraz, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot go into 500l old Burgundian barrels. Wine is aged for 10 months before blending and bottling.
Pair with Mushroom and Chorizo Risotto, Veal, Chocolate Truffles.