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Bistro Blackwood Presents Gentle Folk
Tuesday,02 April 2019
Gareth Belton from Gentle Folk holding a glass of Wine - Image for Bistro Blackwood Winemaker Waiter

Bistro Blackwood Winemaker Waiter – Gentle Folk

Delicious food and wonderful wine are a match made in heaven and both will be served up at Bistro Blackwood’s April Winemaker Waiter event.

A gem amongst Rundle Street restaurants, Bistro Blackwood presents Gentle Folk, an exciting local wine producer which will showcase its latest offerings on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Many places to eat in Adelaide boast impressive wine offerings, but Bistro Blackwood has carved out a niche by inviting local winemakers into the restaurant to present their product while diners enjoy what Bistro Blackwood has to offer.

This month, it’s the turn of Gentle Folk, run by Gareth Belton in the rolling hills of the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills.

Gareth will take the hot seat on April 4 showcasing three delicious wines produced by Gentle Folk – Gentle Folk ‘Schist’ Sauvignon Blanc, Gentle Folk ‘Rainbow Juice’ Rose blend and Gentle Folk ‘Village’ Pinot Noir.

  • ‘Rainbow Juice’ is a blend of 23 varieties from around Basket and Forest Range. Mainly from two little blocks in Basket Range (Geoffrey’s and Charlotte’s) but we add some love from Scary Gully (Forest Range) and the Broderick Vineyard (Basket Range). Co-fermented for 2 weeks before a gentle press into old French barriques. Four months in oak before racking into the tank for a two-month rest before bottling.
  • ‘Scary Gully’ is a Sauvignon blanc/Chardonnay co-ferment from the schist of the back block. A couple of buckets of Gewurztraminer skins thrown into the mix. Two weeks of whole bunches covered in juice slowly going through carbonic maceration. Not orange, just texture and aromatics for days.
  • ‘Village’ is a lighter, more loose-knit style of Pinot Noir, the perfect thing to slosh around in tumblers with a slight chill to take in a Sunday afternoon. The 2017 vintage provided some great fruit for Gareth to play with. It’s one of the tastiest versions of this wine to date. It’s Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir with no bells and whistles, just good honest wine.

A native of South Africa, Gareth made Australia his home over 20 years ago when he quickly fell in love with the people and the climate of the Adelaide Hills.

With a background in marine science, the life of a laboratory worker was quickly ruled out when Gareth discovered how at home he felt in the outdoors as a farmer and winemaker.

Gentle Folk wines benefit from organic viticulture and a light touch in the winery.

Always balanced, structured, and complete, the 2018 single vineyard releases are no exception to this theme, and, as Gareth notes, ‘the different microclimates of the area allow for very different wines from his various vineyards’.

With a strong affection for the wines of northern Rhone and Burgundy, Gareth looks to them for inspiration for his own winemaking style – ‘to produce such pure wines that age so well is the dream’.

Gareth’s passion for winemaking shines through as he discusses each of his top quality blends and this winemaker event is certainly one not to be missed.

Bistro Blackwood’s April Winemaker Waiter is at 6pm on Thursday, April 4th. It is a ticketless event but reservations are required.

For information and to reserve your place to experience the very best local Adelaide produce and locally produced wine, visit or call +61 8 8227 0344