2018 M&J Becker Manchester Ridge Chardonnay

Mendocino County, USA

Outstanding bold and voluptuous expression of Californian Chardonnay by the Becker family.


Excellent creamy texture but starburst of acidity, complex here too. Really good.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

When they aren't making wine in the Hunter Valley (or an Aussie version of Tequila!!), James and Meagan Becker are making wines with a younger crowd in California.

The same ethics and principals apply in their USA gear as with their Aussie stuff: sustainable farming practices, minimal intervention, translating great sites into delicious wines of high impact.

Their Californian Chardonnay from a vineyard almost 1000m above sea level in Mendocino County shows the classic Cali sunshine in the glass with a little bit of attitude underneath.

A little skin contact, great natural acidity and bucket loads of flavour, this is a delicious wine for lovers of fuller-figured Chardonnay.

James and Meagan Becker
James and Meagan Becker
Hunter Valley, NSW
Additional Info

From The Producer

Handpicked from the Manchester Ridge vineyard, elevated at 950m asl on sandy loam soils in Northern California. Wholebunch pressed to neutral French barriques while approx 25% is skin fermented for 24hrs. Fermented wild through primary and malolactic fermentation, the resulting wine remained on full solids for 11 months without battonage, before it was sent to bottle. Unfined and unfiltered.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.6%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

James in the vineyard
James in the vineyard
Hunter Valley, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Light honey golden colour. Pretty. Rich perfume, honeyed figs, stone fruit, cinnamon spice, apple pie. Delicious. Richer flavours too, honeyed again, but not heavy, light lactic-yoghurty thing happening, good length, lovely persistence of spice and ripe appley-stone fruity flavours. Excellent creamy texture but starburst of acidity, complex here too. Really good." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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