|Grape/Varietal : Nerello Mascalese||Color : Red|
|Origin : Italy||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Sicily||ABV : 15%|
|Vintage : 2014||Natural Factor: Biodynamic, No Sulphur, Unfiltered.|
Frank Cornelissen is the owner of 19 hectares of vines rather high up on Mount Etna. Uniquely, he has been involved in wine his entire life. As the son of a wine broker in Belgium, he had the opportunity to be immersed in wine on a professional level from a very young age. Frank went on to produce his first wine in 2001 when he started with only 0.4 hectares of vines.
Frank is obsessive over details in an effort to make wines that truly express terroir with perspective. He is a meticulous vineyard worker and keeps an extremely clean and organized cellar. The evolution in his wines are intriguing as well. Earlier vintages were linear, angular, precise, and full of minerality. He has often said that in the early days his goal was to create liquid stone. His wines have softened with time now striking balance between fruit and dynamic minerality.
While there are are many important details in his winemaking method, the key is in the vineyards. Frank is not Sicilian, so choosing Mount Etna was deliberate. The main reason to choose the North Valley of Etna was for its it’s incredible and unique diversity of volcanic soils that have an immutable voice. This in tandem with Etna’s primary varietal Nerello Mascalese, he believed he could make wines of great complexity and distiction. He has describes Nerello Mascalese to be somewhere between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo. Frank’s best wines have the dry and sharp tannins you find in great nebbiolo, but with the lusher fruits of Pinot Noir.
Frank works without the use of herbicides, pesticides, nor any other chemicals. He occasionally uses biodynamic treatments, but not in the ways outlined by biodynamic calendars as he feels his vineyards have their own unique schedule!
"The 'Magma' Rosso is an absolutely incredible expression of Nerello Mascalese, which comes from ungrafted old vines, over 100+ years in age and only produced in optimal vintages. The 2014 simply dazzling wine opens with an array of exotic aromatics including sweet cherries and ripe strawberries woven together with smoke, violets, wet stones, crushed volcanic rock, fresh tarragon, raspberry cordial and orange zest. On this palate this impresses with its remarkable focus and balance along with sheer silky texture and inner-core of sweet red fruits and striking minerality resonating throughout. The complex and exotic profile is intoxicating and impossible to resist as this continues to seduce all the way through the long, polished finish. The combination of elegance, finesse and concentration this displays is second to none. This is without a doubt one of the most compelling wines I have ever tasted from Etna, and although it is simply striking today, this has an extremely long, bright future ahead. With the annual production of just over 100 cases, this will not be the easiest wine to find, but if you do it is an experience that should not be missed. "
Pairs Well With:
Truffle Risotto with Mushrooms
Led Zepplin - Kashmir