Meet the Judges of the 2019 Marlborough Wine Show.

Jack Glover - Chief 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.

Jeremy McKenzie - Panel Leader

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.

Ben Glover - Panel Leader

Marlborough born and bred Ben Glover is the owner/winemaker (The Janitor) for Glover Family Vineyards –  Zephyr Wines – a family owned, single vineyard love affair found along the banks of the Opawa river Dillons Pt. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the ‘new’ New Zealand Wine of the Year and is a past Wine Marlborough board member, was chair of Pinot Noir 2017 New Zealand, the world’s largest and most prestigious Pinot Noir event. In 2001 way back before his hair started going grey and couldn’t grow a beard, he was an inaugural Len Evans scholar. Ben has over 25 years of experience as a national and international wine judge, testimony to his dedication to quality wine – both as a winemaker and as an appreciative wine drinker.

Helen Morrison - Panel Leader

Helen’s passion for wine encouraged her decision to change her career path, completing her Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, as top female student, at Lincoln University, Christchurch New Zealand in 2005.

Helen joined Villa Maria’s Marlborough team in January 2014 and is excited to be working for such an iconic, well awarded, winemaking family that is focused on sustainability and environmental responsibility to ensure our future.

Helen has lived in Marlborough since 2006, working previously as a client winemaker in a large custom crush Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir facility, and before this for a smaller well established family estate.

Helen has been involved in wine judging in the New Zealand wine show system since 2008, progressing from associate to senior judge in 2012.  She has great enthusiasm for the wine industry, there’s so much to learn and so many great people associated within it.

Helen is especially passionate about Marlborough, loves the outdoors, enjoying skiing in the winter, camping, hiking and boating in the summer at our bach in the Marlborough Sounds, as well as trying to keep fit running my two dogs, Rocco and Dita.

Bhatia Dheeraj - Guest International Judge

Head Sommelier and Buyer Merivale Establishment |est.


Joelle Thomson - Guest Judge

I am a journalist (trained at Wellington Polytechnic on an old fashioned typewriter in 1989), author (15 published books, all about wine) and wine writer (first column in 1994 for Capital Times newspaper, now Capital magazine, in Wellington), the city I currently live in where I love the hills, the harbour and the great outdoors. When not writing, tasting wine for work or enjoying it for pleasure, I love music, cooking for friends, travelling (who doesn’t?) and walking in the hills.

I adore Wellington’s physical beauty but my turangawaewae is the South Island of New Zealand.

Like all published authors, I am working on the next book…


Senior Judges

Liam McElhinney – Winemaker
Abigail Maxwell – Winemaker, Yealands
Murray Cook – Winemaker, Dog Point
Kyle Thompson – Winemaker, Saint Clair

Associate Judges

Patricia Maranda – Taylor, Winemaker, Lion
Emily Gaspard – Clarke, Assistant Winemaker, Spy Valley
Jordan Hogg – Winemaker, Indevin
Nikolai St George – Chief Winemaker, Giesen
Andy Petrie – Winemaker, Lion
Hannah Burns – Sales & Marketing Manager, Fromm