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: Newbridge




Bridgewater Rd, Newbridge, 3551

Cellar Door: Not (but wines can be purchased from nearby Newbridge Hotel)

Ph: (03) 5438 7497

Newbridge is a small boutique winery, located on the alluvial soils of the banks of the Loddon River, about 35 km to the west of Bendigo.

The property was purchased by Ian Simpson in 1979, although vines were not planted until 1996. He chose to focus on the region's signature variety, Shiraz.

The Simpsons are related to John Catto, who settled in the Loddon River area in 1838 and established some of the region's first vines.

Until 2002 the grapes were sold to various local winemakers but in 2003 the first Newbridge wines were released. Ian died in 2005 but his son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Kayleen, keep the winery running.

Avenmore Tastings
Newbridge stall at Bendigo Winemakers Festival (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Newbridge Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, silky and elegant style showing blackberry, blueberry and red cherry with violet, olive and pepper notes, medium bodied and savoury palate, persistent slinky tannins and excellent persistence (****)

Newbridge Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015, despite the warm vintage  Newbridge remains firmly on the elegant end of the Bendigo Shiraz styles, perfumed and silky core of blueberry and blackberry with violet and white pepper notes, some underlying savoury olive complexity, the acid, tannins and oak are neatly balanced and integrated (****1/2)

Newbridge Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, perfumed, supple medium bodied blueberry and blackberry with lavender, mint, white pepper and black olive notes, toasty and spicy cinnamon/cedar oak with fine powdery tannins and good acid balance (****)

Newbridge Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, later picked than normal due to the cold vintage but has reasonable concentration and no signs of the hard edges that later picked reds can sometimes show,  aromatic and silky core of medium bodied red cherry and blackberry with violet, mint and  olive tapenade notes, fine tannins with charry oak support and good acidity (****)

Newbridge Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Stall at Bendigo Winemakers Festival ($24)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, attractively savoury style showing blackberry and olive tapenade with spice, mint and liquorice notes, vibrant core of medium bodied fruit with persistent grainy tannins, charry oak and fresh acidity, nicely balanced food wine (****)

Newbridge Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, lively and medium-full bodied blackberry and cassis with a light dusting of spice and liquorice, good core of ripe fruit with savoury nuances and fine grained tannins, the oak brings charred cedar and caramel to the finish (***1/2)

Newbridge Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, ripe blackberry and plum with modest dried herb, white pepper and eucalypt notes, medium bodied but with some meaty aspects on the palate, creamy sweet oak with a firm acid/tannic structure (***1/2)

Newbridge Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: April 2009, medium bodied although the fruit is bit heavily extractive, blackberry and plum with dried herb and eucalypt, earthy with creamy chocolate/vanilla oak, some firmish acidity, dusty tannins (***1/2)

Newbridge Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, vibrant blackcurrant and savoury plum, elegant and medium bodied with dried herb and cinnamon notes, coconut-vanilla oak, firm tannins (****)

Newbridge Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, ripe plum and blackberry, rounded and earthy with touch of underlying jamminess, black pepper and cinnamon notes, firm tannins, cedar-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Newbridge Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, richer and more elegant than the 2003 but showing some astringency, savoury plum with pepper, liquorice and cinnamon, fine tannins, sweet cedar-vanilla oak (***)