Frank Cornelissen - 2017 MunJebel Rosso MC Monte Colla

"This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from the cru in contrada Monte Colla. An extremely steep and terraced vineyard (elevation 760m asl), beautifully exposed to sun and wind and right in front of Mount Etna. The sandy clay soil and the old-vine Nerello Mascalese, planted in 1946, produces a rich and powerful wine, maintaining elegance. The 'Hermitage' of Etna." – 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