Pinot Noir: the
New Zealand story
John Saker, photography by Aaron McClean (Random House
New Zealand 2011)
illustrated book describes New Zealand's vibrant Pinot Noir scene.
The photography, which makes up almost half of the book, is
excellent, bringing the text to life, and Saker has an easy, clear
writing style that is a pleasure to read.
The book falls
naturally into two parts. The first 100 or so pages gives an
introduction to Pinot Noir in general and traces the history of this
variety in New Zealand. The rest of the text is given over to
profiles of the key regions and producers.
I'm a big fan of
Kiwi Pinot Noir, which is currently at an exciting stage of
development, with great wines being made across several different
wine regions, each with their own special characteristics. Saker
captures the buzz of the Kiwi Pinot Noir scene very well, and this
attractive, accessible, well written book is highly
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