Frank Cornelissen - 2019 Munjebel Rosso

2019 Munjebel Rosso

Nerello Mascalese 
Etna, Italy 

A rich and fragrant wine of pure Nerello Mascalese from various vineyards. Smooth tannins and rich, ripe red fruits ripple across the palate, tempered by fine minerality. A classic Etna Rosso from the Northern Valley.

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.