2021 Gentle Folk Village Blanc11383
VARIETAL: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay
REGION: Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, SA
WINEMAKER: Gareth & Rainbo Belton
A new blend for us this year but from some of the usual sites. A homage to the wines of the Loire Valley, this Adelaide Hills white is all about the aromatic and textural dance between Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Vineyards: Summertown (Sauvignon Blanc 65%), Scary Gully (Riesling 25%) & Ashton (Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay 10%)
Vine age: 16-22 years
Clones: Unknown (Sauvignon Blanc), GM198 (Riesling) & i10v1 (Chardonnay)
Aspects: North (Summertown), south-east (Scary Gully) & north (Ashton)
Soils: Light loamy clay over sandstone with extensive schist and quartz rubble.
Vinification: 100% whole cluster pressed and settled in tank overnight. Racked to neutral French barriques and hogsheads for eight months.
Gareth is a former marine biologist who was born in South Africa and settled in South Australia as a teenager thanks to a tennis scholarship. After working vintage with James Erskine (Jauma), Gareth began to make his own wine from 2013 with his partner Rainbo.