MAGMA 2016 — Nerello Mascalese
A Wine That
has become one of the most famous wines in the world. Captivating exotic aromas of plums, sandalwood, earth and liquorice, this will continue to unveil new characteristics with every sip. Created from a mere 4000-square-metre plot, this is old vine own-rooted Nerello Mascalese, and is considered one of the finest Italian red wines in the world. With only 1,500 bottles produced, this is the vinous gold dust.
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- Winemaker: Frank Cornelissen
Where & How?
This was Frank Cornelissen's first vineyard on Sicily's Mount Etna, and is his most prized. From the contrada Barbabecchi, these vines are over 100 years old (planted 1910) and ungrafted - a rarity in Europe.
The grapes were destemmed and crushed gently by foot, fermenting naturally in contact with the skins for an extraordinary 60 days. The wine was then aged in large neutral epoxy tanks. Gently filtered and bottled with no sulphur. Only 1,500 bottles produced.
Belgian-born Frank was so shocked by a blind tasting of an Etna wine, which he was convinced was fine Piemonte, that he uprooted his life and moved to live on the volcano in 1999. His bottles have been championed for two decades in the natural wine scene, but Frank’s quest isn't about making a certain style. His ultimate goal is to allow his vineyards to best express themselves in a bottle of wine, and over the years his personal winemaking path has meandered to bring him to where he is today, and it will continue to meander for the rest of his life.
For him, making wine is an evolutionary experience. He is not afraid to say what he thinks; he is always brutally honest; with others, too, but with none so much as with himself. This means that any winemaking philosophy he may have at a given moment in time will happily be shoved out of the window in the name of quality. He is a man on a one-way street to facilitate purity.