Rainbow Juice is a wine that walks to the beat of its own drum. The 2018 is a blend of 23 varieties, both red and white (and one that Gareth doesn't even know the name of), all sourced from the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills. All the varieties were fermented for a short time on skins then basket pressed to oak to complete fermentation. This is pure Rainbow Juice! It's a breezy wine, wild and untamed. It screams sunshine and good vibes. Gareth describes it as Adelaide Hills spring in a glass...
GENTLE FOLK, GARETH BELTON, Adelaide Hills, South Australia Biodynamic, natural
“A love of wine, food and growing things eventually led us away from a vastly different background involving scuba gear and seaweed. Our winery is situated in the Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills where we try to intervene as little as possible in the growing and making of our wines. We farm a number of small parcels in Basket Range, Forest Range and Ashton. We don’t like to define our styles or wine making techniques, we just make wine in the way we feel is right for the grapes and season and most importantly, with maximum drinkability and enjoyment in mind. We hope you enjoy.” Gareth Belton, Gentle Folk Wines
‘The Adelaide Hills-based label was my find of the day. Gentle by name, gentle by nature, Belton’s Adelaide Hills’ Pinot Noirs shared a delicate persistence of fruit and tannin. Belton really puts the artisan into artisanal. The marine biology graduate – a phycology (seaweed) specialist – produces a little over 2,000 bottles of Forest Range and a little under 1,500 bottles of Scary Gully Pinot Noir.’ Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective