With the experience of 29 vintages, Patrick Materman is one of the most creative and knowledgeable winemakers working in Marlborough, and is recognised globally for his expertise in Sauvignon Blanc.
Over the last nine years as Chief Winemaker for Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand, Patrick spearheaded a project to challenge all of the conventional thinking about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and to analyse the impact of different viticulture and winemaking techniques. This project saw the development of a range of new wines including naturally lower alcohol and age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc styles, as well as fundamentally changing the way Pernod Ricard Winemakers approached Sauvignon Blanc. The success of this project has seen Patrick establish a similar programme for Pinot Noir.
Since 2014, Patrick has been a board member of New Zealand Winegrowers, sitting on the Finance and Research committees and chairing Sauvignon 2016 and Sauvignon 2019.
In 2018, Patrick was appointed Global Winemaker for Pernod Ricard Winemakers. An acknowledgement of his extensive depth of expertise, this role will see Patrick working with winemaking teams across the globe, develop the company’s fine wine strategy, build winemaking capability in emerging countries such as India, and ensure the ongoing development of winemaking teams across all locations. Patrick continues his role as Chief Winemaker for Brancott Estate.