David 'Chappy' Chapman’s name is stamped across an XL-sized helmet that hangs on the wall of the local fire station in Somers. Beneath there's a row of CFA volunteers' uniforms, reminding us of the bushfires that threatened towns last summer.
'Chappy' is one of the Mornington Peninsula's gun winemakers. His Allies wines are rising stars of the region. With four sites under his control, David works hard to ensure wines of purity, grace and depth that truly reflect the vineyards where they’re made.
Allies are now part of an exclusive Plunge experience which will see David meet guests in the region’s most unique tasting room: The Allies Merricks vineyard. At the top of a spur, between Red Hill and Western Port Bay, the 30-year old Pinot Noir vines are located in a natural sun-trap, alongside the Bridle Trail walking track which provides great views to the ocean and surrounding paddocks.
David says, 'the Merricks vineyard conveys a special terroir and offers a consistent style difference to other sites. The difference in aroma, flavour and, most importantly, the structure of the wine enables you to taste the landscape and seasons of this site with amazing precision.’
David Chapman's Allies vineyard experience is part of the Mornington Peninsula Plunge ‘Walking and Wine Tour’