by Meagan and James Becker
Hunter Valley, NSW
Becker wines by husband and wife team Meagan and James Becker hail from the sub-region of Pokolbin in NSW's Hunter Valley. Aiming to shine a light on the potential of NSW, their family owned and operated single vineyard (undergoing organic certification) is highly recognised for some of the regions best fruit.
As a young producer in an otherwise traditional and often rigid scene, they are exploring what is an emerging modern Australian style; to harness varietal, time and place within Australia's founding region.
The Becker Wine series is a smashable and affordable entry level approach to M&J Becker Wines. As always; zero compromise on quality, sustainable fruit sent to bottle with minimal intervention and maximum care.
2017 Becker Wines Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay (HVD, P58. 95 & 76)
Between 1t and 2.5t/Acre
2676 bottles produced
Elevated at 100m on sandy and clay loam soils from the Ablington vineyard in Hunter Valley. Currently undergoing organic certification, Chardonnay is handpicked and whole bunch pressed to neutral oak. Fermented in a mixture of puncheons and barriques for 6-8 weeks through wild primary fermentation, whilst only a small portion of barrels underwent natural malolactic fermentation to retain freshness.
The resulting wine remains on lees for 10 months without battonage, before it was racked to bottle, unfined, but lightly filtered.
A total of 90ppm SO2.
2018 Becker Wines Rosé
80% Syrah PT23, and equal parts Brachetto, Schonberger, and Gewurtz
2773 bottles produced
Elevated at 100m on clay loam soils from the Ablington vineyard in Hunter Valley. Undergoing organic certification, the Syrah was handpicked and direct pressed, while the aromatic components were handpicked, foot-stomped and received 24 hours of skin contact to promote texture before they were basket pressed to stainless.
Wild fermented separately in stainless steel for 2 weeks, without malolactic fermentation or battonage occurring. The resulting wine was bottled with minimal filtration and no fining.
A total of 100ppm SO2.
2017 Becker Wines Syrah
100% Syrah PT23, BVRC12, 470, Pinot 777
3274 bottles produced
Grown on clay loam elevated at 110m above sea level, awaiting organic certification, the Syrah was handpicked as wholebunches. Whilst 25% remained and was wild fermented as wholebunches, the rest was de-stemmed and fermented in neutral French puncheons for 3 months where full natural malolactic fermentation occurred. The resulting wine received minimal pigeage and remontage providing a gentle extraction, then left to remain on lees for 6 months.
There was a total of 9 months elevage before the wine was racked twice and sent to bottle with minimal filtration and no fining,
A total of 86ppm SO2