Founded in the 1990’s by Mendocino, Manuel Mas, Finca La Anita was one of the pioneer wineries in Argentina to focus on producing premium quality wines at a time when most of the industry was about volume. La Anita is located in the Agrelo region South of Mendoza renowned for its specific agroecological conditions including rich alluvial and clay soils and large thermal amplitude. The average altitude is around 1,000 metres abs and irrigation sources are snowmelt from the nearby Andes mountains and underground wells. The Estate has 72 hectares planted with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The vines are an average of 30 years old and are planted on original rootstock. The vineyards are harvested by hand and modern winemaking technology combined with the careful use of French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels produces fresh, fruit-filled wines with European-style flair and Argentine personality. Having been purchasing grapes from the estate for over 5 years, Swiss born wine aficionado and business man Bernard Fontannaz took the decision to buy Finca La Anita in 2016.
Finca La Anita’s talented young winemaker, Soledad Vargas is Mendoza-born. After obtaining a degree in Agricultural Engineering and Oenology in the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo she cut her winemaking teeth at La Crema and Cakebread in California and in Australia at Coonawarra Estate. She has been in charge of winemaking at Finca La Anita since 2010.
Bright shiny red colour. Intense and pwerful with notes of pepper, clove and lashings of ripe fruit. 12 months in new and one year old French and American medium toasted oak.
Pear and pineapple fruit complemented by a touch of biscuity oak. Elegant and unpretentious. A short period in new French oak followed by four months in second and third use barrels gives the wine complexity and depth. 16 www.jancisrobinson.com 91 points Tim Atkin
Classic elegant and refined brimming with cherry and dark fruits, perfectly balanced with nutmeg spice and white chocolate. Merlot 40%, Syrah 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 20%. 15 months in new and one year old French, medium toasted barrels. 16.5 www.jancisrobinson.com 90 Points James Suckling Steven Spurrier 93 points Tim Atkin 2020 - 92 points
Full of fruit, spice and chocolate, still fresh and juicy. Charm and elegance Jancis Robinson MW 16.5
Floral and fruity with mild coffee and chocolate notes. A touch of mint/eucalyptus and herbs give a luscious lift to the finish. Eminently drinkable. 12 months in new and one year ols French and American medium toasted oak. www.jancisrobinson.com 16.5 - 'Deep crimson. Rich and floral on the nose. Very polished with sophisticated build and just a little tiny hint of port. Smooth and glossy. GV'
Yellow with green tones. Delicate citrus notes with lemon zest, herbs and tropical fruit. Fresh refined and elegant, good aperitif or with seafood. Two months on lees in stainless steel. 16.5 www.jancisrobinson.com
This Syrah is a classic of our winery; robust, pleasant on the nose and mouth with crisp notes of blackcurrant, fresh blackberries and spices accompanied by a subtle note of vanilla contributed by the ageing in oak. Vibrant and refreshing acidity. This wine demonstrates a versatility that makes it excellent todrink alone or paired with spicy meats, pasta, risottos and game.