Alsace, France

Anaïs Fanti

Costa Rawa 2022

£36

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ANAÏS FANTI
Costa Rawa 2022
Alsace, France

Gewürztraminer from a half hectare parcel of forty year old vines planted over sandy, alluvial soils in Ammerschwihr. The fruit was fermented as whole bunches for ten days, before being pressed off to vats for a short élevage. A gorgeous shade of sunset in the glass, this draws you in with heady scents of bergamot and rose, whilst powdery tannins and a pleasant bitterness lend both refreshment and intrigue.

Gewürtztraminer


ABOUT THE PRODUCER

In just a short period of time, Anaïs Fanti has announced herself as one of the brightest stars among a new wave of talent in Alsace.

Anaïs grew up in the village of Ammerschwihr in the region’s south, where her family has grown grapes for many years. After working as a nurse, Anaïs spent a formative time alongside growers in the birthplace of wine, Georgia, which inspired her to leave her day job and become the third generation to tend the family’s vines.

She has a total of just one and half hectares of vines up to fifty years old spread across tiny parcels surrounding the village. Anaïs grows Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Auxerrois with a focus on organic and biodynamic farming, seeking to obtain a diversity of life in the vineyards that is sometimes missing in Alsace, planting trees amongst the vines and letting wild grasses and flowers grow for much of the year.

The wines are made in a space Anaïs has cleared under her uncle’s home in the village, which is one of the smallest and simplest cellars we have seen. Her approach here is gentle, thoughtful and practical, with a handful of vats, barrels and an old press proving to be all she needs to produce some thrilling wines.

Anaïs’s wines are pure, fragrant and nourishing and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this gifted young grower.