Munjebel Rosso PA 2017 — Nerello Mascalese
A Wine That
gives and takes. It's a flirt; it'll show you a whole bowl of fruit at first, then duck in and out of subtle smoky, leathery nuances. It's a wine that'll challenge you - one that will make you reach for your notebook.
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- Winemaker: Frank Cornelissen
Where and How?
This comes from the old vines (60+-year-old) of the cru Porcaria, situated at the top of the Feudo di Mezzo contrada, on Mount Etna, Sicily.
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.