Meet the Judges of the Marlborough Wine Show
Olly Masters Chief Judge
Ralph Kyte-Powell Guest International Judge
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!