Munjebel Rosso CS 2016 — Nerello Mascalese
A Wine That
won't show you everything at once: it might be gentle on opening, but with some air in the glass this becomes more profound with every sip. Earthy and brooding, this is more on the herbal side of Nerello than the fruity; think oregano and bramble skin with the ever-smoky hallmark of Frank's wines. For Frank, this is the wine that is more on the Nebbiolo side of the spectrum.
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- Winemaker: Frank Cornelissen
Where & How?
Ungrafted Nerello Mascalese vines, planted in 1925, from the contrada Zottorinoto, more specifically in the section called Chiusa Spagnola. This is slightly lower than other parcels and tucked in an ampitheatre surrounded by lava flow.
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 2,500 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.