Zulu Words

The wine is the 2005 Indaba Sauvignon Blanc. I grabbed the bottle at Total Wine for three reasons, one, it was cheap, only $7.99, two, I liked the design on the front, and three, the word “Indaba” rang a bell and it irked me, so I wanted to figure out why.

Upon examining the label closely when I returned home, I discovered that the wine was 12.5% alcohol by volume, had a screw-cap, and was from the Western Cape of South Africa. And the word “Indaba?” It means a gathering, a forum for sharing, in Zulu. I knew it sounded familiar, I remember it from one of my all-time favorite books, The Power of One.

Anywho, what I found in the bottle was a nose of lemon and grass with a hint of tropical fruit. The wine was very lemony in the mouth with herbal notes and limes. Overall, the wine was crisp, but not very complex. A perfect wine to take on a picnic or to the beach, especially with the screw-cap!


3 Responses

  1. Nice.. Interesting post.. Zulu Hmm.. thanks for the tip, I always love to try new wines and this one is definitely a conversation mini conversation pice.

  2. Yes, Cape Indaba makes a nice Sauvignon Blanc. They also make a good introductory Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. If you have never had Pinotage it is a fun wine. People seem to either love it or hate it. My wife and I really enjoy Pinotage, but I tend to think of it as a winter wine. Funny then I am talking about it in the middle of an East Coast heat wave…

  3. Indaba’s pinotage was wonderful. I miss it.

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