La Petite Mort The Mad Deer 500ml

Granite Belt, QLD

Lightly fortified Verdelho from the Granite Belt, a sweet & spicy indulgence.


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About The Wine

La Petite Mort is all about experimental wine, and this fascinating fortified wine might be the apex of that aspiration.

Fortified Verdelho is left in barrel outside the winery sheds exposed to the elements, echoing the evolution of its namesake wine, Madeira. The heating and oxidation of the wine in its outdoor setting, the 'madeirisation', adds a rich mahogany nuttiness and spice to the sweet citrus and floral primary fruit flavours hiding underneath.

It sits at only 18.2% alc, so it's not a heady, supersweet wine, but it finishes with lovely concentration and lusciousness.

An open bottle will last an age...

About La Petite Mort

La Petite Mort is one of the more unusual wine projects in Southern Queensland, the experimental sidekick to the Bent Road Winery in Ballandean.

These wines are made with ancient winemaking techniques, fermented in terracotta amphora and brought to bottle with minimal intervention.

Their vinous creations are wild and full of flavour and are some of the most interesting wines we have seen from the Granite Belt.

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Additional Info

Blend : Verdelho (100%)
Drink Until : 2040

Beautiful church overlooking the vineyards
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Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

The Mad Deer is not an exasperated stag, but a Queensland take on the fortified wines of the Atlantic island of Madeira, from where the grape Verdelho came to Australia. And it was a tasting standout for its power and sweet/spicy/ walnut characters. - DD Wine Crew


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