Bushmere Estate Gisborne 2017, 2016 and 2015 Releases


Bushmere Estate is the wine label of David and Shona Egan, grapegrowers in Gisborne for 48 years. I met the Egans along with several other growers during my time as a judge at the International Wine Challenge through the 1990s, and was impressed with their enthusiasm and eye for producing quality fruit. All changed when the large companies stopped renewing their grape supply contracts in the early-mid 2000s, so the Egans, as well as other growers established their own label with wines from the 2005 vintage. At that time they established on S.H. 2 their cellar door complex which has a restaurant with it. The Egans have 17 ha of vines in the Central Valley, mainly Chardonnay, along with smaller amounts of Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. The Bushmere Estate wines are made by Amelia Riwai, initially at Matariki, moving to Alpha Domus where the Egans have contracted tank space. The wines are well-made and have earned good medal awards at shows. Here, I review a selection from 2017 to 2015. www.bushmere.com


  • Bushmere Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2017
  • Bushmere ‘Classic’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2017
  • Bushmere ‘Reserve’ Gisborne Merlot/Malbec 2017
  • Bushmere Gisborne Montepulciano 2016
  • Bushmere ‘The Italians’ Gisborne 2015

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