Frank Cornelissen - 2017 MunJebel CS Chiusa Spagnolo Rosso
"This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from our ungrafted cru Chiusa Spagnola, a sub zone from the contrada Zottorinotto, situated lower in the valley floor and a bit hidden (like a treasure!). A unique vineyard due to the fact of being ungrafted at a lower altitude (620m) and the extreme rocky site, surrounded by pure volcanic rock." – Azienda Agricola Frank Cornelissen
Frank Cornelissen’s estate consists of 5.5ha on the north slopes of Mount Etna. 2.5ha are ungrafted vines grown in the classic free-standing alberello system, while the rest is given over to olive trees, fruit trees and bush. No monoculture here! Yields are tiny, averaging 300g per vine. Frank's viticultural approach is extreme, avoiding any spraying – including the sulphur and copper remedies used by organic and biodynamic growers. No additions are EVER made to the wines. These are some of the most fascinating vinos coming out of Italy, revealing what's possible when man takes an intelligent step backwards and lets the ‘terra’ do the talking.
Varietal Nerello Mascalese || Region Etna, Italy || ABV 15% || Vol 750ml