Meet the Judges of the 2017 Marlborough Wine Show
Jeff Clarke Chief Judge
Catherine Fallis MS Guest International Judge
Ralph Kyte-Powell Guest International Judge
Jane Skilton MW
Jane Skilton began her wine career in London, passing her Master of Wine examination in 1993 and has been a member of the IMW Council for the last 8 years.
Moving to New Zealand in 2000 she founded the NZ School of Wines and Spirits, teaching WSET qualifications to trade and consumers. Jane is the NZ wine editor for Winestate magazine, a regular contributor to magazines in NZ, Australia and China and the Wine Director for Le Cordon Bleu NZ. She has judged in most national wine shows and been a guest international judge at Hobart, Limestone Coast, Rutherglen, Brisbane, Margaret River, Shanghai, London and Tokyo.
Born and Bred in rural North Canterbury with a passion for the land and an intrigue in science and the art of brewing beer from a young age, winemaking and viticulture seemed a natural fit.
Post a scholarship stint playing rugby in Dublin Jeremy completed a BSC in Biochemistry and Microbiology, followed by Post Graduate Diplomas in both Forensic Science and Viticulture Oenology and the moving to Marlborough in 2000.
From here winemaking roles at Allan Scott Wines and abroad in France, Australia, and the USA evolved before settling in as Senior Winemaker for Villa Maria Estate in Marlborough. Since 2014vJeremy has been Chief Winemaker for Pinnacle Drinks New Zealand in addition to managing Isabel Estate for the business.
His roots are firmly set in Marlborough where he has two small premium Southern Valley vineyards growing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Jeremy has a huge thirst for adventure and has competed in multisport and Ironman event to a highly competitive level in addition to receiving a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for saving a young girl from drowning. An avid hunter and diver, provenance of food and wine is a big love and he is known to have thrown the odd stellar party
matching wine with food pairings that he has gathered.
After growing up on a vineyard in Marlborough, Jack initially studied Oenology at Lincoln University. A shift in focus saw him move across the Tasman to South Australia where he completed his Bachelor of Wine Marketing at the University of Adelaide in 2003. Seeking further experience, he then went on to work at St Hallett in the Barossa Valley and then vintages in both the Napa Valley and Marlborough.
In 2006, Jack joined Pernod Ricard New Zealand. He was soon promoted to National Trading Manager – On Premise. This role saw him managing one of the largest sales forces in New Zealand’s liquor industry and forging relationships with hospitality personalities, outlets and venues across the country. In 2011, now with a young family, Jack moved back to Marlborough and shifted his focus to export sales and brand marketing and he is now the Sales and Marketing Director for Accolade Wines New Zealand.
Since 2007, Jack has judged wine competitions both in New Zealand and Internationally. Most notably, as a regular senior judge at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London. He is also currently studying towards a Master of Wine qualification.
Growing up in Nelson, a region renown for its horticulture had some influence, however it was my time spent backpacking through Europe and meeting people within the wine industry that inspired me to return to New Zealand to become involved in our wine industry. I completed my Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology as top female student at Lincoln University, Christchurch in 2005.
After graduating, I moved to Marlborough working as assistant winemaker for a smaller family wine estate specialising in Riesling, after 4 years I then took a role as a client winemaker in a large custom crush Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir facility. Most recently, in 2014 I joined Villa Maria’s Marlborough winemaking team, a much larger family owned wine company that is focused on sustainability and environmental responsibility.
I have been involved in wine judging in the New Zealand wine show system, starting out as a steward for Belinda back in 2008, progressing from associate to senior judge in 2012.
I loves the outdoors, enjoying skiing in the winter, camping, hiking and boating in the summer, as well as trying to keep fit running the dog and twice weekly boot-camp sessions.
Matt grew up in the King Country on a sheep and beef farm and after studying at Canterbury and Lincoln universities embarked on a career in Wine Industry 16 years ago. Time was spent winemaking in California and Spain as well as several years in the Hawkes Bay before settling with his wife Amy in Marlborough where he leads the Mount Riley winemaking team. Matt loves Marlborough for both the winemaking opportunities and the ability to get out and explore the great outdoors via Mountain Biking, Tramping and Diving. Matt’s looking forward to his and Amy’s three pre-school boys getting big enough to join him on some adventures!