Howard Park has long been inspired by the world of ballet thanks to its family roots. The entire Jeté sparkling range is an ode to the professional dance careers of Jeff Burch’s siblings: David and Lesley.
David Burch had an illustrious history as principal dancer with the Australian Ballet from 1977 – 1983. His sister Lesley worked with the WA Ballet Company from 1972 – 1977. Both eventually fell into wine at Howard Park, with the former as the long-serving Vineyard Manager of the Leston property (now semi-retired), and the latter as Brand and Sales Ambassador.
Crafting the Jeté range has been a feat years in the making, requiring cohesion, dedication and patience across Howard Park’s team. The Mount Barrow vineyard in the Great Southern is the starting point, from which high acidity Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are grown in ancient soils.
Years of fascination with Chamapagne lead Jeff Burch to seek out the expertise of methode traditionelle authority Allan Stanbury, select highly specialist equipment and launch the Jeté project.
This dedication and commitment to raising the standard for quality has resulted in multiple national and international awards, including the Best Australian Sparkling Wine 2017 award at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.
Four methode traditionelle sparklings have been crafted after this ballet tradition since 2012, including a Jeté Brut Blanc, Rosé, vintage Extra Brut Cuvée and most recently, the Petit Jeté.