Frank Cornelissen (1.5 L) 2017 MunJebel Rosso CS, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
Item Number: 14104
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Chiusa Spagnola
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 620 meters
This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from ungrafted vines in contrada Zottorinoto, more specific in the section Chiusa Spagnola, situated lower in the valley floor. It is a bit hidden in an amphitheater surrounded by lava...very interesting parcel. Planted around 1925 at a lower altitude (620 meters asl), this unique vineyard produces a profound, tannic wine that is a bit Nebbiolo-ish compared to Frank’s other crus. The average vine age is 90+ years. 2017 is showing dried strawberries on the nose. There is ripe fruit on the palate plus excellent tannins. This is tasting young and could age for several years.
Vintage Notes: Overall 2017 was an excellent, dry vintage in Sicily. If you love Frank wines, then you should buy every bottle of this vintage!
Winemaking Notes: All of Frank's red wines are produced the same way. Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed before a 60-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks (2,500-7,000 liters or 1,500-2,500 liters for crus). Wines are not fined. They are filtered before bottling with cartridges of 3-5 micron. Sulfite additions can vary from 0 to 30 mg/l. added depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.
Appellation Notes: Some of Frank's vineyards are too high in elevation for the Etna DOP, so he uses the Terre Siciliane IGT for the sake of uniformity.