Bushmere Estate Classic Chardonnay 2021

  • A punchy style Gisborne Chardonnay with spicy, lightly toasted aromas which open to flavours of yellow fleshed peach and ripe citrus supplemented by nutty oak.
  • Layered with generous warm fruit which is beautifully balanced with fine acidity.
  • The finish has persistent length and complexity from the wild fermentation and extended aging in French barriques on full yeast lees.
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  • Michael Cooper
    4 points

Editors notes

Bright, evenly light yellow with some depth and a slightly green hue. The nose is gentle with soft nuances of stone fruit, pear, melded with almonds, lemon curd and oak spices. Medium-full bodied, aromas of stone fruit, apple, pear and lemon curd; enriched by nutty and spicy oak detail. The nutty oak is integrated with subtlety attractive caramel and butterscotch nuances. The breadth of the palate is lightly creamed with flavours of lemon curd, along with a fine layer of phenolic texture; drives with mouth-watering acid to a harmonious, lingering finish. This is an elegant Chardonnay with stone fruit, lemon curd flavours, nutty oak detail and balanced by lively acidity on a harmonious, long finish. Beautiful served with fresh snapper and a squeeze of lemon.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Peach
    • Pear
    • Stonefruit
  • Palate
    • Green Apple
    • Lemon
    • Mineral

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Michael Cooper

    "Fragrant and mouthfilling, it is a classic regional style, with generous, ripe, peachy flavours and a very harmonious, well-rounded finish. The 2021 vintage (4*) was fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (15 per cent new). Medium to full-bodied, it is youthful and savoury, with strong, ripe stonefruit flavours, gentle toasty notes adding complexity, fresh acidity and obvious potential."

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.


The Gisborne wine region is the first wine region in the world to see the new day's sun and was the first place Captain Cook hopped ashore as the first European to arrive in New Zealand. Located on the most easterly point of the north island, at the northern end of Poverty Bay, Gisborne gets a lot of sunlight hours when compared to other New Zealand wine growing regions.

The regions receives good shelter from the mountains in the west, though is still exposed to cyclones that can have a significant impact on the yield and quality of certain vintages. The soils in Gisborne are predominantly alluvial loams on sandy or volcanic subsoils, suiting the key varieties that grow there.
Chardonnay is the main grape variety for the region although other white varieties like Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, and Riesling are lesser quantities of Viogner are produced. The reds have not been as successful in Gisborne as the whites, though small amounts are grown.

The region is home to only a handful of wineries, less than two dozen in total with the most well known being Millton. Instead, the majority of vineyards are in holdings of large wine companies based elsewhere. The almost-perfectly-flat Gisborne plain is the site for most vineyards, however in more recent times, the gently sloping land in outlying areas of Gisborne has also been planted to vine.

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