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
Vin de Sofa is a field blend from the Scary Gully Vineyard high up (620 m) on the Forest Range ridge in the Adelaide Hills.
A blend of Pinot noir (85%), Cabernet franc (5%), Pinot gris (5%) and Gewurztraminer (5%). Just a short time on skins and stainless steel élevage has produced a very lifted, light, crisp summer red.
Best enjoyed sitting on your sofa, in the garden on a hot summer evening to paraphrase Gareth.