In a Lowenthal-Permanganate titration, cider tannins are quantified by titrating the cider with indigo carmine indicator and sulfuric acid against potassium permanganate. Tannins are antioxidants, so that means they give up electrons to reduce the potassium permanganate. The endpoint of this titration is when the blue analyte turns a yellow colour. According to Wikipedia, indigo carmine turns yellow when reduced.
What I don't quite understand is why the indigo carmine didn't reduce when it was in the presence of the antioxidative tannins before the potassium permanganate was added and why it turned yellow only after potassium permanganate was added.