Anselmo Mendes began producing wine with Alvarinho grapes in 1998, in Monção and Melgaço.
The winery in the Minho Valley is a place for experimentation and research, where Anselmo Mendes passion for the wine and the region takes shape and flavour. It is a place of reinvention, making each wine an expression of the land.
2010 producer of the year by Revista de Vinhos.
2012 producer with the highest rating in Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.
“The most innovative Alvarinho producer”
José Penin, the most well-known Spanish wine reviewer.
“one of the region’s benchmark producers.”
(Mark Squires, Parker’s Wine Advocate, 21st May 2020)
“Feeling solid in the mid-palate, this shows good acidity to support the fruit and the fine, lingering finish that I expect. Delicious, but serious and beautifully structured (…) The overall quality is consistent and high. This is a style with some solidity and power.” Mark Squires (Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate)
Robert Parker: 90 Points
Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points
Muros Antigos Loureiro 2019, DOC Vinho Verde
Grapes: 100% Loureiro
White wine from the Loureiro grape variety, grown in the River Lima Valley. Strong climatic influence from the Atlantic.
Intense citrus and floral aromas. This is a fresh wine with a dry and fruity finish.
Robert Parker: 90 Points “The 2019 Loureiro Muros Antigos Escolha (…) comes in with 1.5 grams of residual sugar, 6.7 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. Continuing a trend, this seems just a bit fresher and crisper than last year’s version. The grapes are all sourced from the Lima Valley, the area most famed for Loureiro.” Mark Squires (Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate)
Muros Antigos Alvarinho 2019, DOC Vinho Verde
Grapes: 100% Alvarinho
White wine from the Alvarinho grape variety, grown exclusively in Monção and Melgaço. It originates in vineyards on sunny hillsides with poor granite soils.
The wine is very mineral, with a good structure and body while maintaining freshness.
Long finish with the citrus and slightly tropical notes of the Alvarinho variety.
Robert Parker: 90 Points
Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points
“Sourced mostly from Melgaço, higher altitudes and sandy soils, this is a somewhat nervier version of the 2018. There is plenty of power, but the fruit is not quite as expressive. The mid-palate is average in concentration. It is impressive, though, how this grips the palate. The long and juicy finish is exceptional for the level. (…) It shows the ability to develop and hold as well.” Mark Squires (Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate)
Join us for a wine masterclass.
This small group session will provide a great opportunity to ask the wine questions you have always wanted to ask.
Suitable for all levels of wine knowledge and a fun way try 6 different wines.
Each session will be limited to a maximum of 16 people.
The classes will be taken by Wine Educator Alastair Bell DipWSET. Alastair is a wine lecturer at Queens University Belfast, Institute of Lifelong Learning and the winner of the NI Wine Taster of the year in 2000 and has worked in the wine trade for many years.
Saturday 19th September 2020, 12noon
Grape Varieties – Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
A look at Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from around the world
The aim of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) accredited one day certificate course is to give an introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately, and make food and wine pairings. This is followed by a short exam of 30 multiple choice questions.
The courses will be taken by WSET Certified Educator & Approved Programme Provider Peter Morris Wilson DipWSET. Peter received global recognition by being one of only 8 shortlisted for “WSET Educator of the Year 2015”.
The course takes place in a Direct Wine Shipments tasting room between 10am – 6pm and will include theory, tasting and the WSET exam.
WSET Level 1 costs £145 per student (this includes a £60 non refundable deposit if you cancel within 2 weeks of the course)
Please note: Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served basis’. Due to COVID19 additional social distancing, health and safety and hygiene measures will be in place.
The case features some of our new wines and includes 1 bottle each of:
Zöhrer Sand 1 Grüner Veltliner, Austria
Lagar de Cervera Albariño, Spain
The Holy Snail Touraine Rosé, France
Bodegas Ugalde Crianza, Spain
Camille Cayran l’Elegante Cairanne Cru, France
Vidigal Boa Noite Lisboa, Portugal
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The wine will be available to collect from our shop. All entrants will be put into a draw and the winner selected at random. Competition closes at 1pm on Thursday 27th August 2020
We are excited to introduce the wines of the Cave de Cairanne to Direct Wine Shipments.
Created in 1929, the Cave de Cairanne winery has built its reputation and recognition on its experience and exceptional winemaking. The cellar is situated in the heart of the Cru of the Meridional Vallee of the Rhône, in the Vaucluse region on the left bank of the Rhone. It is near the star appellations of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.
Camille Cayran knowhow is the story of a small group of devoted wine- makers who work hand in hand with a technical team to create highly expressive wines.
“We encourage work in the soil and on the vine as much in traditional production as in organic production. Careful work is a prerequisite of exceptional wines.”
Camille Cayran Le Pas de la Beaume Blanc 2019, Côtes du Rhône £9.99
40% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussane, 20% Marsanne, 10% Viognier
Aromas of dried herb and apple. The palate gains ripeness and concentration, offering juicier pear, pineapple and mango flavours. It’s a full-bodied, fruit-forward white, with hints of anise on the finish.
Serve at 12 – 13C
Try with seafood tapas, chilli prawn linguine, crispy pork or goat’s cheese with honey, herbs & olive oil.
Camille Cayran Le Pas de la Beaume Rouge 2019, Côtes du Rhône £9.99
40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Carignan, 10% Cinsault
One of the best Côtes du Rhône we have tried for the price in a long time. Layered aromas of blueberry, blackberry, plum, and lifted notes of violets and a hint of black pepper. Very smooth and persistent. Richly textured, smooth, warm, but well balanced.
Gold, Orange 1 Star Guide Hachette 2020
Serve at 16 – 17C
Try with grilled or roasted meats, cured meat, pizza or mushroom risotto
2018: “SILVER MEDAL” (The Grand International Organic Wine Award MUNDUS VINI BIOFACH Feb 2020)
Serve at 16 – 17C
Try with ratatouille, tagine, or rib of beef.
Camille Cayran L’Elégante 2018, Cairanne, Rhône £13.99
40% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan, 20% Mourvèdre
A generous wine dominated by red fruits. “86-88/100. The 2018 Cairanne Camille Cayran l’Elegante features simple fruit-driven goodness. This medium to full-bodied wine is loaded with purple raspberries, finishing supple and charming. It should drink well for 3-4 years.” (Joe Czerwinski, Parkers Wine Advocate, 31st Oct 2019)
Serve at 16 – 17C
Try with roasted lamb, poultry, duck or cheese
GOLD FOR CREU CELTA 2016 AT THE SOMMELIER WINE AWARDS 2020
We are delighted to announce that Creu Celta 2016 has been awarded a Gold medal at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2020.
“This is the greatest award to date for Creu Celta. With each new vintage our wine is developing more complexity. As the vineyard gains maturity, the vines have a deeper root network & derive more flavour intensity & minerality. The newer vintages of Creu Celta are definitely a step up from the earlier releases and it is a privilege to work with Sylvia Puig, one of Catalunya & Spain’s best winemakers.” Peter McAlindon
“The Sommelier Awards is one of the most respected tasting awards in the UK. It is judged by some of the greatest tasters within these islands. In light of the recent passing of our Dad, this is a very fitting tribute. Kevin’s dream was to produce a great wine from our own Spanish vineyard.” Neal McAlindon
McAlindon Wines, Creu Celta 2016, Priorat, Spain
What the Judges say:
‘Great typicity and intensity, with a leafy character, and sour plum and sour cherry notes.’
Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.
‘Complex aromas of garrigue, mint, dark fruit, sticky dates, dark chocolate and coffee, with a rich palate of stewed fruits giving way to dried herbs and spice. Acidity maintains integrity, while the grippy, ripe tannins are integrated. Great to pair with fatty meats and bold flavours.’
Charlie Carter, L’ Atelier Du Vin.