Price:  £53.95 | Case Rate: £8.99
Ex Tax: £44.96

Indaba - Merlot 2018


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Maker: Bruwer Raats
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: Merlot 94%, Malbec 4%, Petit Verdot 2%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
VS: 87 (2012) WS: 85 (2014) WE: 85 (2010) JP: 3 Stars (2011)

Wine tasting notes

Crafted in a fresh, clean style, this velvety Merlot offers enticing aromas and bright, juicy flavors of cherry, dark berry and plum backed by subtle mocha and herbal nuances and a delicate minerality.

Winery Information


Indaba is the Zulu word for ‘a meeting of the minds’. The label was created as a celebration of the democratisation in South Africa and the wines are created by the celebrated winemaker, Bruwer Raats. The grapes are sourced from emerging regions of the Western Cape such as Robertson, Wellington and the Breede River Valley, and offer phenomenal value for money. Great winemaking at a great price.

Expert Reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)87 pts

May/June '13 by Stephen Tanzer - Bright, full red. Bitter cherry, red berries and spices on the nose, plus hints of pepper and herbs. Simple but refreshing, with spicy red berry and menthol flavors showing nice peppery lift. Juicy, pliant red wine with a light dusting of tannins.

Wine Spectator (2014)85 pts

Soft, with modest plum fruit, lined with light vanilla and herb hints.

Wine Enthusiast (2010)85 pts

An interesting note of sweet smoke graces the nose of this Merlot, adding another layer to the otherwise traditional characteristics of rich black berry and dark plum guts. Round and satisfying in the mouth with approachable tannins and a medium finish. — L.B. (12/15/2011)

Platter's South African Wine Guide (2011)3 stars

Mocha-tinted 2011 offers sweet berry fruit on base of oaky tannins, good body & length.

Vinification Notes

Grapes were sourced from select vineyard sites in cooler areas of Stellenbosch and warmer regions of Perdeberg and Paarl. The Stellenbosch fruit contributes a soft, velvety character, while the Paarl component adds bold plum and black cherry flavors and the Perdeberg portion imparts red fruit flavors and the bright minerally profile typical of decomposed dolomite granite soils. Small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec from Stellenbosch add structure, richness and dark berry flavors. The individual components were naturally fermented on the skins in stainless steel tanks until dry, with gentle pumpovers performed regularly. Most of the wine was aged in French oak for five to six months, while a small portion (8%) was aged in American oak for 4 months.