It’s virtually impossible to visit Cape Town and not indulge in a trip out to South Africa’s world-renowned winelands, a Mecca for any oenophile. The vineyards around Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek produce some of the most exquisite wines in the world, but it’s one of the oldest that’s captured our attention with the launch of their new 2019 vintage rosé.
Founded in 1692 by Dutch settlers – the name meaning ‘Babylon’s Tower’ in Dutch – Babylonstoren was given a new lease of life 10 years ago and is now known as one of the best preserved Cape Dutch farms in South Africa. Over 217 acres of vineyard produce abundant harvests; over 100,000 bottles were produced this year, compared to a mere 5,00 in the first harvest of 2011. With a stunning manor house, farm cottages, restaurants, a spa and breathtaking views of the Simonsberg Mountain, this working farm welcomes guests from across the globe year-round.
The latest launch is the utterly delectable Mourvèdre Rosé, an immediately drinkable rosy hued rosé that might just become your sipper of the summer. With a nose of summer strawberries and rose petals, the rich and refreshing taste of strawberry yoghurt on the palate, frivolous candyfloss notes to finish, all underpinned by a crisp, dry acidity. This pretty, pale salmon wine is vibrant and vivacious, yet with a hint of composed sophistication.
The good news is, while they may be based in South Africa their website ships to the UK, so not only can you stock up on crisp fresh vino but also on the plentiful goodies from the farm; from Rooibos tea to delicious preserves and jars of figs and olives, your pantry will have never looked so good.