Frank Cornelissen - 2017 MunJebel Rosso FM Feudo di Mezzo Sottana
"This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from an old vine vineyard at the lower end of the large Feudo di Mezzo contrada, situated at 600m above sea level. Feudo di Mezzo is very vast and therefore I prefer to separate the bottom part (sottana) from the upper part (soprana or Porcaria). Although lower in the valley floor, the wines are of an unusual elegance, which characterizes this area. Relatively deep soil which, in humid vintages can create some problems, although the well-ventilated site helps to get ripeness. This wine is characterised by its feminine structure of elegance and finesse which is quite unique in the Northern Valley." – 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