4.5 STARS, 91/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
90 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Legendary Kiwi chef, Al Brown has teamed up with the guys at Constellation to create his own range of wines. Enter Tipping Point - the wines that 'do good and taste great'. Each varietal has been carefully selected to celebrate winemaking in the respective region and every purchase from the Tipping Point range contributes towards NZ charities that are close to Al's heart.
Vinted from a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 38.5% Pinot Gris, 13.5% Gewurztraminer and 8% Sauvignon Blanc, the Common Good Field Blend was our pick of the Tipping Point range. The palate shows bright tropical fruits and a delicious hint of spice. Proceeds go towards Te Tire Whakamataki and the work they do using indigenous ecological practices to protect our natural environment.
Al Brown writes "Field Blend is a new(ish) thing that’s going on in the wine world. Although personally, I bet this sort of stuff was happening around 2000 BC. This is how it works…….a bunch of varieties are chosen for their specific attributes and flavour notes. They are harvested and pressed altogether as one. In this Field Blend, you have Chard, Sav B, Pinot G, and Gewurzt. Look, it’s all a bit of fun, it fits our relaxed kiwi spirit, and technically, it should go with nearly everything."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "If the packaging doesn't grab your attention the wine certainly will - aromas and flavours of white fleshed fruits from apple and pear to peach then moments of white spice and cream. Fruity, enticing and young. Moderate weight with a light creamy texture, flavours of tree and citrus fruits that mirror the bouquet, a touch of spice and lees texture. Balanced, well made and ready with best drinking from today and through 2023."
Sam Kim writes "It's attractively fruited and fragrant with golden peach, Gala apple, citrus peel and rich floral aromas with a hint of spicy overtone. The palate displays lovely weight and fruit intensity combined with supple texture and refreshing acidity, offering excellent drinking."