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Merlot, Indaba

A commitment to social responsibility is integral to the Indaba philosophy, and a portion of the sales supports early education for workers’ children.

Carefully crafted in a fresh, clean style, this velvety Merlot offers appealing aromas and bright, succulent flavours of cherry, dark berry and plum backed by subtle mocha and herbal nuances and a delicate minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.4 g/L

pH

3.32

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Bruwer Raats & Clayton Christians

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

12 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The very dry, warm weather conditions throughout the 2019 harvest resulted in healthy grapes and small berries with good intensity. Despite the drought conditions yields were good in the general Coastal and Breed river area. The vintage was free of disease and vine stress, and the vines were able to carry the crop to optimum ripeness.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours, de-stemmed and gently crushed. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, with frequent gentle pump overs to extract colour and tannin from the skins. Approximately 40% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and aging on new French oak staves. A significant portion (14%) of the blend was from the 2018 vintage, and was aged in 225 litre French oak barrels for up to 12 months.

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Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Merlot, Indaba

A commitment to social responsibility is integral to the Indaba philosophy, and a portion of the sales supports early education for workers’ children.

Carefully crafted in a fresh, clean style, this velvety Merlot offers appealing aromas and bright, succulent flavours of cherry, dark berry and plum backed by subtle mocha and herbal nuances and a delicate minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.47

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Bruwer Raats, Clayton Christians

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

16 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

The 2018 harvest kicked off 7-14 days later than usual in most regions. After slow shoot growth initially, vines picked up the pace as temperatures rose towards the end of November. Although December and January were hot, none of the usual heatwaves were present. The rest of the growing season and harvest were notably cooler than normal. Vineyards were healthy with limited incidences of pests, diseases or rot thanks to the dry weather.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours, de-stemmed and gently crushed. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, with frequent gentle pump overs to extract colour and tannin from the skins. Approximately 40% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and aging on new French oak staves. A small portion (2%) of the blend was from the 2017 vintage, and was aged in 225 litre French oak barrels for 16 months.

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Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Merlot, Indaba

A commitment to social responsibility is integral to the Indaba philosophy, and a portion of the sales supports early education for workers’ children.

Carefully crafted in a fresh, clean style, this velvety Merlot offers appealing aromas and bright, succulent flavours of cherry, dark berry and plum backed by subtle mocha and herbal nuances and a delicate minerality. A blend of 94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

5.5 g/L

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Bruwer Raats

VARIETY

Merlot

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

2017 was an exceptional vintage. The growing season was characterised by extremely dry conditions, with ideal warm days, cool nights and none of the typical summer heatwaves. The drought conditions meant that there was no rot or disease pressure, resulting in small berries and reduced yields. Grapes retained excellent natural acidity and the vintage produced wines of great freshness, concentration and flavour intensity.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours, de-stemmed and gently crushed. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, with frequent gentle pump overs to extract colour and tannin from the skins. Approximately 40% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and aging on new French oak staves. A small portion (2%) of the blend was from the 2016 vintage, and was aged in 225 litre French oak barrels for 16 months.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Merlot, Indaba

A commitment to social responsibility is integral to the Indaba philosophy, and a portion of the sales supports early education for workers’ children.

Crafted in a fresh, clean style, this velvety Merlot offers enticing aromas and bright, juicy flavours of cherry, dark berry and plum backed by subtle mocha and herbal nuances and a delicate minerality. 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.9 g/L

pH

3.53

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Bruwer Raats

VARIETY

Merlot

TIME IN OAK

20 months (4% of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

The 2016 growing season was extremely dry and hot. It was the earliest harvest on record in the Cape, occurring on average two weeks earlier than usual. Warm, dry conditions helped to keep grapes free from any rot or disease pressure. Low moisture levels resulted in reduced yields. Vines produced compact bunches and small berries, which translated into wines of great fruit concentration. Ripeness was achieved at lower sugar (and hence alcohol) levels.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours, de-stemmed and gently crushed. The must was left to cold soak for two days before it fermented naturally in stainless steel tanks, with frequent gentle pumpovers to extract colour and tannin from the skins. Approximately 80% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and aging on new French oak staves. A small portion (4%) of the blend was from the 2014 vintage, and was aged in 225 litre French oak barrels for 20 months.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Merlot, Indaba

A commitment to social responsibility is integral to the Indaba philosophy, and a portion of the sales supports early education for workers’ children.

Crafted in a fresh, pure style, this velvety Merlot seduces with aromas and bright, juicy flavours of cherry, dark berry and plum backed by subtle mocha and herbal nuances and a delicate minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

8.3 g/L

pH

3.42

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Bruwer Raats

VARIETY

Merlot

FINED USING

Gelatine

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

The 2015 growing season was one of the driest and earliest on record, with reds being harvested 1 to 2 weeks earlier than usual. There were none of the typical heat waves, and cooler than normal temperatures created ideal conditions for ripening and harvesting. Very little rain coupled with strong winds translated into very healthy grapes, with small berry size, good sugar levels and lots of natural acidity.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours, de-stemmed and gently crushed. The must was left to cold soak for two days before it fermented naturally in stainless steel tanks, with frequent gentle pumpovers to extract colour and tannin from the skins. Approximately 50% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in new French oak.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Merlot, Indaba

A commitment to social responsibility is integral to the Indaba philosophy, and a portion of the sales supports early education for workers’ children.

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

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

5.4 g/L

pH

3.46

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Bruwer Raats

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

FINED USING

Gelatine

SULPHUR

Total: 75 Free: 28

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

Vintage conditions

2014 was a long, cool vintage with more rainfall than average. Less wind than usual during flowering resulted in a higher degree of setting, making yields greater than normal. The cooler vintage without typical heatwaves allowed very good colour development and gradual sugar build-up in the grapes. Berries were small, with deep colour and great fruit concentration.

Vinification details

The grapes were harvested in the early morning hours, de-stemmed, crushed and left to cold soak for two days. The individual components were then fermented on the skins in stainless steel tanks until dry, with gentle pumpovers performed regularly. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank and was aged in French oak for 7-8 months.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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