Grower - David Chapman

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A former Chef and Sommelier, David Chapman began Allies in 2003, whilst working at Moorooduc Estate. His mission is to make compelling Pinot Noir, showcasing the diversity of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, by producing a range of wines taken from different townships in the region. 

Chapman’s approach is to work intensively in the vineyard, ensuring that each bunch is perfectly positioned and exposed to achieve ripe, pure favours and supple tannins. Winemaking is intentionally careful. Nothing is added unless absolutely necessary and any process that may take away from the concentra’on and character of the wine is eschewed. 

So, no stems, no added yeasts, no ferment supplements, natural Malolactic fermentations and never any fining or filtration.

2013 Vintage
- Like the previous year, winter was wet and cold but the spring was warmer and drier than the long term average. However, unlike 2012, the 2013 summer was cool and even. Starting on the 1st of March the day after

Tuerong was harvested there was an extended heat wave that concentrated the usual ripening pattern of the cooler sites. The Merricks was picked a week earlier than usual and the Main Ridge a full two weeks earlier.  Consequently, the wines look more similar in terms of weight than is usual but each still shows undeniable characteristics of their origins. The Tuerong is deeply coloured, showing typical earth and spice. The Merricks is darker and fleshier than usual but still retains much of its usual Rhubarb and Morello Cherry identity. The Main Ridge is much darker and richer than typical but is also the most aromaic of the wines. The 2013 wines are distictively different and are probably more deliciously approachable than is usual.

Region: Mornington Peninsula
Country: Australia