Howard Park launched their latest release – Petit Jeté –- on 31 July at a sparkling event in the restored surrounds of the WA Ballet Centre in Maylands.
The wines in the Jeté range draw inspiration from the classical ballet movement and are an affectionate nod to the brother and sister of Howard Park owner Jeff Burch – David Burch was a principal dancer at the Australian Ballet from 1977-1983, while sister Lesley worked with the WA Ballet from 1972-1977.
On the night we were entertained with a beautiful performance by one of the troupe, while sampling the new release, a Blanc de Blancs, as well as their fabulous Vintage 2013 Méthode Traditionnelle and Rosé NV.
The newest member of the brand made from Chardonnay is pale golden with uplifted aromas of citrus peel, stone fruit and brioche – the palate full of apple and citrus flavours, with a creamy texture and lingering acidity.
The NV Rosé, made from Pinot Noir, is blushing salmon pink in hue, strawberries and crushed rose petals on the nose. Strawberry and cherry flavours flow through, with a fine bead and a hint of creaminess to end.
For me the star of the show was the 2013 Vintage – made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay it has a wonderful yeasty bouquet, with aromas of peaches, lemon, red berries and a delicate floral note. The palate is rich and complex, with a bubbling silky mousse, and flavours of baked bread, lemon and green apples. Outstanding wine.
As we sipped were supplied with delicious canapés from Comestibles Catering and heard from Chief winemaker Janice McDonald, before retiring to another room to watch the dance performance. And then a little more wine and food to complete a memorable evening.
As I said, this was a sparkling event – excellent sparkling wine, beautiful food, lovely ambience in the Ballet Centre, and a stunning dance performance.