2020 Allies Pinot Noir
They’ve got a bit of magic dust going on down at Allies wines it would seem CAMPBELL MATTINSON, winefront.com
This hilly maritime finger of land (Mornington) just beyond the Melbourne suburbs is making an ever-more convincing case for being one of the great Southern Hemisphere Pinot locations. ANDREW JEFFORD, decanter.com
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, 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. James Halliday, winecompanion.com
With nearly 20 years of experience leading the charge at Allies Wines, David Chapman (aka Chappy) knows the ins and outs of the Mornington Peninsula. Chappy’s mission is to ‘handcraft rich, silky and perfumed Pinot Noir, showcasing the diversity of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula through wines taken from different townships.’
Under the Allies range, Chappy explores the sub-regions of Merricks, Tuerong and Balnarring. While he usually bottles these separately, in 2020 he has blended these into his Assemblage label. The Assemblage is usually a lovely go-to value for money pinot, but in 2020 this is incredibly delicious and exceptional value.
The sum of the parts has transcended the 2020 Assemblage. Tuerong, a warmer site adds flesh and breadth, Merricks is an exemplary vineyard adding vibrant aromatics, impeccable balance and fine firm tannins, while Tuerong finds a happy medium in between offering richness and freshness.
2020 was a cool and late vintage, allowing flavours to build slowly. Unlike the riper and robust 2019s, there is a classical fruit composure and fine and firm tannin structure to these wines. There’s a delicacy and elegance that lulls you back for another sip.
The yields of 2020 were also low, which helped ripen the grapes as the vines didn’t could direct their energy into the smaller bunches. Amped with Amped with fruit from the single site wines, this has elevated the wine to new heights.
If you like Mornington pinot, you’ll love this wine. Its wonderfully pure and elegant, anchored with a core of black and red berries.
We’ve sharpened the price on single bottle buys to $33. The best value is a on a 6 pack, bringing the bottle price to $31 each ($185).