CP LIN, WINEMAKER
CP Lin is one of New Zealands’s most talented winemakers and has a unique background. Born in Taiwan and blind from the age of two, Lin earned a degree in mathematics before becoming a renowned and respected winemaker. He has made wine around the world for the past eighteen years in the United States, Australia, Portugal, France, Italy, and New Zealand. Lin was most recently the winemaker at Mountford Estate in the Waipara region from 1997-2013. He resides in New Zealand and is an enthusiastic knife collector .
WINEMAKER'S TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Crystal clear ruby red in colour; like wild deer blood.
Aroma: Just after the bottle was opened, aromas of vanilla and candied Christmas fruits. After half an hour, aromas of wild thyme and briar become more pronouced. A full hour after opening, aromas of tamarillo and baking spices present. The tamarillo aroma always reminds me of Vosne Romanee. With time, it will evolve into aromas of black truffles. At the end of the tasting period, the wine had evolved to a point where aromas of crushed stones and Chinese red dates were beginning to show.
Palate: The wine was clear and precise in the mouth with volume and continuity. There were no gaps from the front to the back of the mouth. The tannins are fine and chalky in texture.