Munjebel Rosso FM 2017 — Nerello Mascalese
A Wine That
shows the gentler side of Mount Etna; a little silkier, a little softer. On blind tasting, you might even be fooled for Burgundy. Think fresh cherries and peonies with that fresh earthy smell when it just starts raining.
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- Winemaker: Frank Cornelissen
Where and How?
This comes from 40-year-old vines on a lower elevation plot (known as Feudo di Mezzo) on Mount Etna, Sicily, which is known for producing unexpected elegance.
The grapes were destemmed and underwent a very long maceration period of 60 days, during which it fermented naturally. It was aged in neutral tanks and lightly filtered before bottling.
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.