Allies Assemblage Pinot 2017
A former chef and sommelier, David Chapman began Allies in 2003 while working at Moorooduc Estate. He makes Pinot Noir, emphasising the diversity of the Mornington Peninsula by making a number of wines sourced from different districts. David spends much of his time in the vineyard, working to ensure well exposed and positioned bunches, to achieve ripe, pure flavours and supple tannins. His winemaking focuses on simple techniques that retain concentration and character: no added yeasts, and no fining or filtration, are standard practices. Production of Allies wines is small and will probably remain that way, given that any expansion will limit the number of vines David can personally tend. JAMES HALLIDAY
David Chapman (I don’t think anyone actually calls him by his first name, Chappy is how the fella is generally known around the traps) is consistently making some of the best Pinot in Mornington these days. He perhaps isn’t as much a household name as some of the bigger players down there but those in the know gobble his wines up as soon as they are released. You can find them on most good restaurant wine lists and in the hands of a growing fan base. The reasons for his success are pretty simple, he spends most of his days in his vineyards tending his vines with considerable care to make sure that in every vintage he has the best possible fruit available and then he does as little as possible in the winery to make sure that fruit is allowed to sing. A lot of people talk the game but most aren’t as serious about it as Chappy.
The great thing with 2017 was the vintage gave him everything he needed to craft gorgeous wines and that he has.
On a related point and worth mentioning since they are starting to hit the shelves, from what we have all seen, 2017 is a sensational vintage across much of Victoria with the strongest regions looking to be Mornington and Yarra so far.