Frank Cornelissen 2016 Magma Rosso, Terre Siciliane IGP (Mt. Etna)
Item Number: 12992
Sub Region: Sicily
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Barbabecchi Soprano
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 2985 feet
Case Production: 125
Magma is Frank’s “Grand Vin.” It is from the Barbabecchi Vineyard at 910 meters asl. Planted around 1910 and north-northeast exposed, it captures the first and cool morning sun rays. This pure Nerello Mascalese from ungrafted old vines produces a profound wine, rich as well as elegant at the same time with character and personality: licorice and oriental spices. Magma is produced only in great vintages.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks. Wine is not fined. It is filtered before bottlling with cartridges of 5 micron. No sulfites are added.
Appellation Note: Some of Frank's vineyards are too high in elevation for the Etna DOP, so he uses the Terre Siciliane IGP for the sake of uniformity.
2016 Vintage Voted #20 on Top 100 Wines of 2018 by International Wine Report