Frank Cornelissen - 2017 MunJebel CR Campo Re Rosso

"This pure Nerello Mascalese from the vineyard site Campo Re has for years been blended into the Contadino. This is the first year we have vinified the best parts of this vineyard separately and were surprised by the tannins and fragrance of this wine. The grapes never seem to reach perfect phenolic ripeness but this vineyard produces profound wines, especially in dryer vintages." – 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.

Variety Nerello Mascalese || Region Etna, Italy || ABV 15% || Vol 750ml