Frank Cornelissen - 2017 MunJebel VA Vigne Alte Rosso
"This pure Nerello Mascalese is a blend from our 3 highest vineyards (Vigne Alte): Pettinociarelle, Monte Dolce and Tartaraci. It expresses beautifully the value and precision of the old vine, ungrafted Nerello Mascalese on the high terraces in the Northern valley of Mount 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