New 2017 Single Site Pinots from Allies
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 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. 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. FIVE STARS, JAMES HALLIDAY
We tend to agree with Campbell Mattinson at the Wine Front when he says this about the wines coming out of our mate David Chapman’s (Chapy) winery in Mornington “They’ve got a bit of magic dust going on down at Allies wines it would seem. Just about everything they touch seems to turn to gold.”
You may remember the rather long winded rant from us back in March when we offered his Assemblage, which is for all intents and purposes his entry level wine though there is nothing that resembles a bottom tier offering there. As of yet there doesn’t seem to be any press about his single site releases but its fair to say that we expect the press to be huge once the media gets hold of them. The Assemblage was given a whopping 95 on Wine Front and 96 on Halliday and these three individual plots are a noticeable step up in quality. In saying that though what makes them so exciting is that each demonstrates its place of origin with razor sharp clarity and all of them are impeccably well balanced showing a harmonious melding of the fruit and the deft winemaking. It is wines like this that really highlight just how far our Pinot has come in recent years. I have to say bravo Chapy, ya nailed it fella.
Volumes here are always small, as James Halliday points out, as the man spends the majority of his time in his vineyards tending each vine carefully to ensure the best is coaxed from them in any given year and there is only so much work one bloke can get done. We don’t have much to go around, only a meagre ten dozen of each, and these wines have earned themselves a rather fanatical following from consumers in the know and the trade.