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"Prior to winegrowing, we were both marine scientists, specialising in phycology (the study of marine plants). In our PhD studies (at different universities), we studied the biodiversity of different seaweed groups and how they are related. It was super fun and the discovery and naming of new species a big highlight, as well as the top notch collaborators we each worked with. A love of wine, food and growing things eventually drew us away from academic life. The Gentle Folk story began in 2012 after spending a lot of our free time in Basket Range helping and hanging out with James Erskine (Jauma), Alex Schulkin (The Other Right) and other early pioneers of the Basket Range wine movement. Our winemaking journey started with just three barrels of wine in 2013 from the Broderick's Basket Range Vineyard, and a dream. Over the years we have been lucky enough to travel parts of the world learning about winemaking and growing, have acquired a lot more vineyard area as well as built relationships with some amazing growers in the Adelaide Hills. We currently produce between six and seven thousand cases annually, employ five lovely humans and farm eight hectares of vines. A kid (Leonard) appeared somewhere in the middle! We hope you have an opportunity to try and enjoy our wines no matter where on earth you find yourself." - Gareth & Rainbo Belton - Owners, Growers and Winemakers

2023 Rainbow Juice

The summer love child return! The same direction and philosophy as usual... a little bit of skin contact, juicy acidity and aromatic goodness. It’s just pure joy and deliciousness in a bottle.

Style: Aromatic crunchy rose. Drink: Chill & drink
Varieties: Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling & Syrah
Vineyards: Charleston,Woodside and Forest Range - Adelaide Hills
Winemaking: Pinot gris & Gewurztraminer were co-fermented for 5 days before pressing to stainless tank. Riesling and Syrah were direct pressed into old French oak barrels before the wine was blended all together and bottled in September 2023.
Alc: 12.5% pH: 3.68 TA: 5.5 g/L


2023 Vin de Sofa

The ultimate wine for relaxation! An Australian Chianti with just enough grip, just enough acidity and just enough fruit to keep everyone happy. We love the wines from central Italy, they remind us of long lunches, family and summer – we hope you can feel this in your soul when you have a glass (or a bottle!) of this.

Style: Crunchy red fruits, puckering acidity Drink: Slight chill & drink
Varieties: Sangiovese dominant but includes small amounts of Gamay, Syrah, Merlot & Pinot noir.
Vineyards: Charleston,Woodside Morialta and Piccadilly - Adelaide Hills
Winemaking:The varieties were all fermented separately with the Sangiovese being destemmed and fermented on skins for six weeks, the Pinot noir, Gamay and Syrah were whole bunch fermented for two weeks, and the Merlot was destemmed and left on skins for 2 weeks.
All varieties were pressed to a mixture of seasoned French oak of various sizes, terracotta and stainless steel before being blended and bottled in September 2023
Alc: 13% pH: 3.61 TA: 5.2 g/L



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