Eikendal Charisma 2018
By Christian Eedes, 8 November 2019
There are few more consistent red blends intended for everyday drinking than Charisma from Eikendal, the current-release 2018 rating 90 on the 100-point scale in this year’s Signature Red Blend Report and having a very reasonable cellar-door price of R120 a bottle.
Always a blend of Shiraz and Petit Verdot with Sangiovese from the succeeding vintage, the wine employs no established template but works well. The 2018, therefore, consists of 78% Syrah, 17% Petit Verdot plus 5% Sangiovese from the 2019 vintage. The nose shows red and black fruit, violets, incense and herbs while the palate is rich yet not short of freshness. What might otherwise be a fairly straightforward Shiraz gets extra interest thanks to the addition of the Petit Verdot and Sangiovese.