New Recruits 2017

While several trips a month to continental Europe may seem glamourous, often times it’s anything but. Languedoc in February, the sun is shining, but high on the hills of Faugeres, or Pic St Loup, it is colder than cold. Bordeaux in March, the height of their wet season, you will find yourself splodging through the fertile soils of the vineyards. Northern Spain any time before May is identical to the micro-climate of the Irish midlands. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

We stick to a specific algorithm at Wines Direct when it comes to sourcing wines. We meet the winemaker, we walk their lands, and we taste the wine before it comes to Ireland. We research areas and vineyards for months before we visit, and as relationships between our current winemakers get stronger, we blithely take recommendations from them.

We whittled down the potential new recruits to 15 wines that ticked all our boxes. Vibrant, dynamic, small – batch wines from family run vineyards are what we look for. Wines which have character and a story to tell, and can take you on a journey. While many of the wines come from vineyards we have been working with for many years, Bolmida’s Frales or Ricard's Tasciaca to name a few, we have some new names to add to the list, and we’re delighted to share them all with you.

New Recruits 2017

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  • Domaine de Millet

    Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc
    Abruzzo,
    Domaine de Millet

    Domaine de Millet

    Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc
    Abruzzo,
    Gros Manseng dominates this blend, resulting in an aromatic and full flavoured white, with intense flavours of white peach and pineapple. Ultra refreshing.
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    Price: €12.50
  • Pedral

    Palomino, Godello
    Valdeorras DO, Spain

    Pedral

    Palomino, Godello
    Valdeorras DO, Spain
    A light, zippy white wine which is light in body but full of refreshing stone fruit flavours with a hint minerality on the finish.
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    Price: €12.90
  • Olivares Rosado

    Grenacha, Monastrell
    Jumilla, Spain

    Olivares Rosado

    Grenacha, Monastrell
    Jumilla, Spain
    Light, bright and pink; the ultimate outdoor wine companion. Vibrant ripe red fruits on the nose and palate. Aromas of strawberry and rose petal followed by a fruity, fresh and balanced wine. Savour, cold, on its own or pair with any food charring on the BBQ.
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    Price: €13.15
  • Alkoomi Riesling

    Riesling
    Frankland River, Australia
    Australian Riesling | Alkoomi White Label | Frankland River

    Alkoomi Riesling

    Riesling
    Frankland River, Australia
    Intense flavours of lemon, grapefruit and lychee with a soft mouth-watering acidity giving freshness and length to the palate.
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    Price: €15.45
  • Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copines'

    Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay
    Vin de France
    Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copines' White Wine

    Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copines'

    Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay
    Vin de France
    The blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Chardonnay brings inviting aromas of anise and flowers, followed by with citrus and exotic fruit flavours - wonderfully uncomplicated and enjoyable wine. Le Petit Courselle Blanc would complement shellfish and oysters in particular. Sushi would also be a fantastic match, as would a firmer bloomy rinded cheese (like Saint-Nectaire) and goats cheeses.
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    Price: €15.75
  • Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copains'

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
    Vin de France
    Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copains' Red Wine

    Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copains'

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
    Vin de France
    The blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah is delicious. Beyond the rich ruby colour, there are flavours of fresh red fruits and red bell peppers. This is a refreshingly simple wine that’s a joy to drink. The directness of Le Petit Courselle Rouge makes it perfect to enjoy with homemade family classics like roast chicken, spaghetti bolognese or lasagne.
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    Price: €15.75
  • Domaine d'Antugnac

    Pinot Noir
    Haute Vallee de lAude

    Domaine d'Antugnac

    Pinot Noir
    Haute Vallee de lAude
    Silky, fresh southern French Pinot Noir. Ripe dark cherry fruit with firm but supple tannins leading to a long fruity finish. Try chilled during the summer months.
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    Price: €16.15
  • Bajondillo

    Syrah, Grenacha Tinta
    Mentrida DO, Spain

    Bajondillo

    Syrah, Grenacha Tinta
    Mentrida DO, Spain
    Elegant, Spanish red, soft tannins, light red fruit, medium bodied and refreshing. Cool climate elegance from central Spain .
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    Price: €16.30
  • Montelaguna Roble

    Tempranillo
    Ribera del Duero DO , Spain

    Montelaguna Roble

    Tempranillo
    Ribera del Duero DO , Spain
    Violet and youthful red wine with subtle tannins, gooseberries, blackberries, blueberries and a hit of vanilla from the gentle ageing (less than a year) in American oak. A wine with elegance not normally found in Ribera Del Duero.
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    Price: €18.15
  • Fattoria Montellori Caselle

    Sangiovese, Syrah
    Chianti Superiore DOCG, Italy
    Caselle Chianti Superiore DOCG

    Fattoria Montellori Caselle

    Sangiovese, Syrah
    Chianti Superiore DOCG, Italy
    Intense, very fruity nose with red cherry aromas and a touch of spice. Rich, fruit driven, mouth filling palate leads to a well structured, long and a mouth watering savoury finish. Moves up a gear with food.
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    Price: €18.75
  • Tahbilk

    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Goulburn Valley, Australia
    Tahbilk

    Tahbilk

    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Goulburn Valley, Australia
    Rich and concentrated aromas of blackberry, eucalypt and spice beguile you to a full bodied palate of equal depth and complexity with an abundance of generous fruit flavours and hints of capsicum and tobacco.
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    RRP: €19.70

    Price: €18.75

  • Bancal del Bosc

    Grenache, Syrah
    Monterrei DO, Spain

    Bancal del Bosc

    Grenache, Syrah
    Monterrei DO, Spain
    A rich, powerful full wine but with beautiful soft tannins. Dark red fruit, spice and liquorice; big flavours but with superb elegance due to the influence of high altitude winemaking.
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    Price: €19.30
  • Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Fornaci

    Cortese
    Gavi DOC, Italy
    Gavi DOCG Fornaci

    Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Fornaci

    Cortese
    Gavi DOC, Italy
    This is a wonderful single vineyard Gavi which shows off a more serious and complex side to the zingy Cortese grape variety. Produced solely from the very best fruit grown in Marco Bergaglios 'Fornaci' vineyard, this is like a premier cru of Gavi. The palate shows vibrant green apple and citrus fruit flavours along with some apricot hints. These fruit tones sit beautifully within a slightly creamy mounthfeel on the palate which is long and finishes with an edge of minerality.
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    Price: €19.95
  • Chateau d'Antugnac 'Terres Amoureuses'

    Chardonnay
    Limoux
    Complex nose of ripe fruit, flowers and spice with light toasted notes. The palate is substantial and structured, rich and harmonious. The end of the finish is very long, rewarding and suave. Think of good Burgundy, but at half the price.
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    Price: €20.75
  • Bolmida Frales

    Nebbiolo, Barbera
    Friuli Grave DOC, Italy
    Bolmida Frales - Langhe DOC Nebbiolo

    Bolmida Frales

    Nebbiolo, Barbera
    Friuli Grave DOC, Italy
    This Nebbiolo is grown just outside the boundary of the famous Barolo region and, being made in the hands of a master, is great value. It shows vibrant plum and dark cherry on the nose and palate. The flavours linger for a long time on the finish which stays fresh with a hint of refreshing acidity and soft tannin.
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    Price: €23.15
  • Domaine Ricard ‘TASCIACA’

    Sauvignon Blanc
    Touraine Chenonceaux AOC
    Tasciaca Oaked Sauvignon Blanc

    Domaine Ricard ‘TASCIACA’

    Sauvignon Blanc
    Touraine Chenonceaux AOC
    Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire is steadfastly unoaked. However maverick winemaker Vincent Ricard loves to buck a trend and has gently aged this wine in French oak. The results are simply sublime. Aromas of nectarines and ginger, with white fruit texture, a long finish with orange peel zip. Mouth wateringly great.
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    Price: €23.25
  • Les Truffieres Chardonnay

    Chardonnay
    Vin de France

    Les Truffieres Chardonnay

    Chardonnay
    Vin de France
    Simply a sensational Chardonnay from Bordeaux. Heady aromas of lemon with hints of honey. A well rounded palate of rich citrus fruit with a wonderful, balanced freshness. Another class act from the Courselle sisters.
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    Price: €24.95
  • Chateau La Baronne - Grenache Gris

    Chateau La Baronne - Le Grenache Gris de Jean

    Grenache Gris
    Vin de France
    Certified Organic and Biodynamic. Very interesting colour and flavours for the adventurous white drinker. A highly original wine with flavours of peach and fennel with steely acidity.
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    Price: €27.00
  • Colutta.

    Schioppettino
    Friuli Grave DOC, Italy

    Colutta.

    Schioppettino
    Friuli Grave DOC, Italy
    Intense ruby red with purple highlights and a fresh aroma, reminiscent of blackberries, raspberries and blackcurrants. The taste offers a slight hint of oak, autumn leaves, moss and fruit.
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    RRP: €29.20

    Price: €27.80

  • Bret Brothers ‘ÉPHÉMÈRE’

    Chardonnay
    Mâcon-Villages AOC
    Mâcon-Villages Ephemere by Bret Brothers

    Bret Brothers ‘ÉPHÉMÈRE’

    Chardonnay
    Mâcon-Villages AOC

    Excellent minerality with an outgoing profile of honey and citrus fruits. A very elegantly crafted white wine and full of finesse.

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    Price: €28.25
  • Chateau La Baronne - Las Vals Blanc

    Roussanne
    Pay d'Hauterie IGP
    Las Vals Roussanne | Chateau la Baronne

    Chateau La Baronne - Las Vals Blanc

    Roussanne
    Pay d'Hauterie IGP
    Certified Organic & Biodynamic; Fragrant citrus and nut aromas with a rich honeyed texture leading to drier apricot and peach fruit. A long developed finish with lingering cooking apple notes.
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    Price: €28.50
  • Chateau MacCarthy - 2012

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
    Saint Estèphe A/C

    Chateau MacCarthy - 2012

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
    Saint Estèphe A/C
    Bright and powerful nose offers subtle nuances of cocoa. The mouth reveals exceptional fruit with firm tannins. Well balanced.
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    Price: €33.45
  • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups 'Triple Zero'

    Chenin Blanc
    Montlouis Petillant
    Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups 'Triple Zero'

    Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups 'Triple Zero'

    Chenin Blanc
    Montlouis Petillant
    A naturally-made sparkling Chenin Blanc with unsurpassed elegance, purity and expression of fresh, soft citrus and pear flavours.
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    Price: €35.60
  • Bret Brothers 'Clos de Grand Peres'

    Chardonnay
    Macon Vinzelles 'Clos de Grand Peres' A/C
    Bret Brothers ‘Le Clos de Grand-Père’ - Mâcon-Vinzelles AOC

    Bret Brothers 'Clos de Grand Peres'

    Chardonnay
    Macon Vinzelles 'Clos de Grand Peres' A/C

    A deep gold colour lures you into a pear and vanilla treat. Skillfully made by organic wine makers, this Chardonnay from Burgundy is a white wine which is a cut above the rest.

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    Price: €35.95
  • Quinta Do Crasto Colheita Port

    Old Vines (several grape varieties)
    Douro, Portugal

    Quinta Do Crasto Colheita Port

    Old Vines (several grape varieties)
    Douro, Portugal
    Quinta do Crasto Colheita is an old Tawny produced from a single year with grapes coming exclusively from the oldest vineyards of Quinta do Crasto. It ages in oak casks from the harvest year until it is bottled. This wine is a tribute from the 4th generation of the family to Fernando Moreira d’Almeida, son of the famous Port producer Constantino de Almeida, reflecting his wisdom in the elaboration of Port wines of excellence. An elegant beginning that leads way to a full-bodied palate, with a complex texture of fine tannins in perfect harmony with a vibrant aromatic profile. An engaging wine, with an elegant, long lingering finish.
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    Price: €45.95
  • Clos des Jacobins

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
    Saint-Emillion Grand Cru

    Clos des Jacobins

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
    Saint-Emillion Grand Cru
    Deep, dark colour and a powerful black fruit bouquet. Full-bodies and generous on the palate with a beautiful structure highlighting spicy flavours. An exemplary wine concerning complexity and balance. Can age for up to 15 years.
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    Price: €56.45
  • Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste - 2012

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
    Pauillac A/C

    Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste - 2012

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
    Pauillac A/C
    This outstanding wine has an intense ruby red color. On the nose, it offers blackberries aromas dominated by the cassis. In the mouth, this wine has a great aromatic attack with a lot of texture and fruits.
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    Price: €87.50
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