Nestled close to 1000m above sea level in Queensland’s Granite Belt GI, La Petite Mort is the experimental project of head winemaker Glen Robert and his partner and Viticulturalist Robert Richter. After opting for a tree-change back in 2000 the pair purchased the Bent Road property and immediately set about planting vines. Their approach to vineyard maintenance has always been minimal and reactive – intervening only when necessary and using only organic friendly products (although they are consciously not certified organic producers).
The winemaking follows a similar ethos with former biochemist Glen taking a careful and considered approach, and always with a deliberate style in mind. With a diverse and eclectic line-up spanning everything from classic Rhone blends to amphora aged amber wines to contemporary takes on Italian classics, at the heart of everything is the spirit of experimentation and the pursuit of rough perfection, through constant refining and honing of their skills.
Striking a fine balance between tradition and technique, La Petite Mort wines are well-made yet rustic and characterful, showcasing a host of unusual and innovative styles. Whilst the wines are bold, adventurous and certainly not for the conservative palate, they are also instructional, characterful and down-right captivating.