Bent Road Winery
Star Cellar Door
It might seem odd, or perhaps a typically Queensland thing, to name a winery as the Star Cellar Door, when it is not officially open to the public. Fear not, you will be most welcome, though you need to make contact first for an appointment.
That’s because Andrew and Glen are pretty much it at the winery and they need to make certain they are there to welcome you. Do make the effort to visit.
Next problem is finding the place, but if a road-train delivering an entire 120-year-old church intact – now their tasting facility – can do it, you’ll make it.
This is a winery where, as Hunter S. Thompson might have said: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional.” The winery’s La Petite Mort label features a skeleton draped over a dining table with a bunch of grapes.
It’s a fascinating place to visit, walking to the beat of a very different drum. They have a series of qvevri, giant terracotta jars imported from Georgia and buried, to make skin contact wines. Square barrels. Much more.
And don’t be surprised if during your visit, you get a chance to lend a hand. The wines, some of the very best of the region, range from traditional and familiar to wild and wonderful. KEN GARGETT
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 La Petite Mort Tempranillo Reserva, A$45