The Handbook
The Handbook

Created in partnership with Babylonstoren

2021 promises to be the definitive alfresco summer. A sun soaked season stretching as far as the eye can see, taking in highlights from Wimbledon to the Chelsea Flower Show. And as sure as the swallows arriving, the sound of leather on willow and the sight of pasty skin reflecting below short trousers, the sign of summer arriving is the pop of a cork and the reassuring glug-glug of a glass of rosé being poured.

Our summer go-to continues to be Babylonstoren’s Mourvèdre Rosé. It’s a crisp, refreshing and fruity wine, and makes the perfect complement to any summer activity. Planning a picnic? It’s essential. A barbecue for five friends, you couldn’t choose a better. A huge June 21st family get-together, it’s perfect.

And it’s not just us saying so. Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé is the official rosé of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021.

It can be taken as fact that the people at the Royal Horticultural Society have some of the best noses in the country, and the floral character, eliciting a summer’s afternoon and reminiscent of spring blooms clearly chimed with the tastes and senses at the venerable society.

Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé is the official rosé of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021...

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been moved for 2021, providing a perfect bookend to the summer this September. It’s absolutely fitting that Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé will be served throughout the event.

Harvested late this year, the rosé is reminiscent of Southern France but actually arrived here from the Cape Winelands of South Africa.

The estate, in Simonsberg beneath the Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains, includes an eight acre garden that’s the only Royal Horticultural Society partner garden in Africa. The grapes were removed from the vines by hand two weeks later than last year, and the cool temperatures meant that the grapes ripened slowly, giving them time to develop flavour.

The estate includes an eight acre garden that's the only Royal Horticultural Society partner garden in Africa...

The result is a cool, dry and elegant taste that hints at raspberries and rose petals. The salmon pink wine has a subtle punch of acidity and comes in a beautifully simple bottle, this year adorned with the RHS details.

With fine wine originating outside of Europe all the rage right now, this New World discovery is timely. The quality, particularly for the price range, is high while its availability from only a small number of specialist wine merchants only increases its desirability.

The result is a cool, dry and elegant taste that hints at raspberries and rose petals...

As we all emerge from lockdown, Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé, official rosé of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021, is the wine of the moment. 

Versatile, you can pair it equally well with salads, chicken, seafood or pork, the summer is coming and you’re going to need to run at it clutching a bottle of fine rosé in your hand.


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