Wednesday Wines – Episode 213 – 2024 Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé & RHS Chelsea Flower Show

2024 Babylonstoren, Mourvèdre Rosé, Simonsberg-Paarl, South Africa (£17.95, shop.thenewtinsomerset.com).

You will have seen on every news channel in the land that the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is taking place this week in SW3, and this wine is the official rosé of the 2024 Chelsea Flower Show.  It is even more fitting that this wine is a product of grapes harvested this year, and its heritage is steeped in horticultural history, given that Babylonstoren (www.babylonstoren.com) is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa.  It sits at the foot of Simonsberg Mountain in Franschhoek, where vines thrive everywhere you look.  Babylonstoren is a hotel/spa with extensive fruit and vegetable gardens. The vibe is steeped in elite wine, food, wellbeing, and nature.

This estate has a cousin property in Somerset called The Newt (www.thenewtinsomerset.com).  This is an incredible setup, once again focusing on luxury accommodation, gardens, woodland, and wellness.  Last year, The Newt was awarded the Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award at The World’s 50 Best Hotels.

A couple of years ago, I highlighted a red wine from Babylonstoren.  In 2021, the 2021 vintage rosé made the grade in Wednesday Wines Episode 61.  Fast forward to this week and I am delighted to bring you the news that this stunning 2024 release is the finest to date!  While the perfume and fruit notes are predictably elegant and soothing, parading discreet pomegranate, rhubarb, and red cherry tones, the finish and the balance make this wine a cut above.  Gone is the glossy fruit cocktail character, and in its place, a more dramatic, finely-tuned aura with crisp acidity and a bounce of freshness that does precisely what you desire on a warm summer’s day surrounded by beautiful foliage and flowers!  I am sure this drop will go down exceptionally well this week in Chelsea, and green-fingered readers can recreate the scene at will in the comfort of their horticultural paradises at home.  

NB – There is a 6 for 5 deal, which brings the price down to £89.75 or £14.96 per bottle, so get onto The Newt without delay!