Frank Cornelissen 2018 MunJebel Rosso MC, Terre Siciliane IGP (Etna)
Item Number: 16827
Sub Region: Sicily
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Monte Colla
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascalese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 750-780 meters
This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from Contrada Monte Colla. This is an extremely steep and terraced vineyard, beautifully exposed to sun and wind and right in front of mount Etna. The sandy clay soil and the old vine Nerello Mascalese, planted in 1946, produces a rich and powerful wine that also maintains elegance. Frank refers this vineyard as his “Hermitage” of Etna. The average vine age is 70+ years.
Winemaking Notes: All of Frank's red wines are produced the same way. Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed before a 50-day skin fermentation with wild yeast in neutral epoxy tanks (2,500-7,000 liters or 1,500-2,500 liters for crus). Wines are not fined. They are filtered before bottling with cartridges of 5 micron. The addition of SO2 varies from 15-50 mg/L (added or not) depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.
Appellation Notes: Some of Frank's vineyards are too high in elevation for the Etna DOP, so he uses the Terre Siciliane IGP for the sake of uniformity.