Munjebel Rosso VA 2016
A Wine That
is all about elegance and refinement. Although he doesn't have favourites, we get the sense that this is Frank's second love, after MAGMA. From the highest vineyards of Mount Etna, the elevation gives the wine freshness. Together with the smoky minerality and pretty wild strawberry notes, this lends the wine that ethereal quality - the quality which every winemaker hopes to uncover.
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- Winemaker: Frank Cornelissen
Where & How?
Ungrafted, old vine Nerello Mascalese from Frank's three highest vineyards - VA stands for Vigne Alte. These are Tartaraci, Monte Dolce and Pettinociarelle.
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 2000 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.