2017 Howard Park Grand Jeté
Jeté is a signature ballet movement requiring time, dedication, commitment and great skill to create the illusion of boundless control. The same commitment and skill is engaged in the making of our méthode traditionnelle wines in an endeavour to create wines of finesse, refinement, elegance and poise.
From our growing experience of the Mount Barrow site and the making of méthode traditionnelle wines, the Grand Jeté style is evolving. The vineyard naturally delivers a fine, mineral line of acidity which sets the style as aperitif – crisp and bright. It is generously fruit-driven and the dosage is crafted to balance the fine acidity.
A blend of two classic Champagne varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this sparkling wine possess key features of both while remaining a harmonious and sophisticated whole. The nose presents classic Chardonnay notes of lemon zest, white fleshy fruits, and meadow blossoms layered atop beeswax and sea spray. As the wine begins to open it reveals its distinctly Pinot Noir core of freshly ripened strawberry and hints of sweet spice. Citrus notes on the nose are mirrored by a bright acidity on the palate that complements this wine’s elegant shape and fine, vivacious mousse. With 54 months on lees, autolytic characteristics of oatmeal and biscuit are apparent, yet subtle, lying underneath the abundant fruit. Although imminently enjoyable, this wine will only benefit from further ageing.
Enjoy with sashimi tuna and wakame salad.
Drink now until 2027.