|Grape/Varietal : Nerello Mascalese||Color : Red|
|Origin : Italy||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Sicily||ABV : 14.5%|
|Vintage : 2016||Natural Factor: Biodynamic|
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!
Cornelissen's MunJebel Rosso is 100% Nerello Mascalese from several of his Cru's including Zottorinoto-Chiusa Spagnolo, Feudo di Mezzo-Porcaria, Crasà, and Piano dei Daini. The average vine age is 60 years. The wine itself has a very aromatic nose with pretty aromas of wild cherry, ripe plum, dark berries, crushed rock dust, hibiscus, followed by smoke, earth and leather. Very flavorful with lots of red fruits, this has soft elegant texture backed by firm tannins that lead into the long finish.
Pairs Well With:
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