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Frank Cornelissen ‘Susucaru’ Terre Siciliane Rosato IGP 2016


Estate: Pioneering Belgian winemaker Frank Cornelissen is renowned for his strict adherence to extremely minimal intervention, natural winemaking methods. The 24 hectare estate is located on the north slope of Mount Etna in Sicily. The 13 hectares of old vine vineyards have an elevation range from 1900 to 3200 feet above sea level. Cornelissen’s goal for the land “is to evolve towards a self-sustainable agricultural reality based on the trilogy of Mediterranean farming (cereals, olive oil and wine) without exploiting Mother Earth, to produce whilst also returning, evolving towards equilibrium of the land, which will take time”.

Philosophy: “Our farming philosophy is based on our acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions. We therefore choose to concentrate on observing and learning the movements of Mother Earth in her various energetic and cosmic passages and prefer to follow her indications as to what to do, instead of deciding and imposing ourselves. Consequently, this has taken us to avoiding all possible interventions on the land we cultivate, including any treatments, whether chemical, organic, or biodynamic, as these are all a mere reflection of the inability of man to accept nature as she is and will be.”

Winemaking: With a vision of crafting “liquid rock”, he does not use any treatments of any type in the vineyards, nor does he add anything, including sulphur, during the winemaking process. Fermented with the skins for approximately 10 days, aged in epoxy tanks.

The name ‘Susucaru’ comes from a Sicilian expression meaning “they stole it” which is what Frank’s crew shouted when they realized most of the grapes from their first vintage had vanished.

Tasting Notes: Ruby red with pink edges in colour, with aromas of rose, candied orange, Morello cherry, raspberry and Brothers Johnson funk. Morello cherry, blackberry, orange, red apple, pomegranate, crushed white peppercorn and hibiscus are framed by fresh acidity and light, grippy tannins. A vein of lead minerality runs thru to the dry, fruity finish. Vibrant, engaging and delightfully gluggable.

Blend of Malvasia, Moscadella, Cattaratto, Nerello Mascalese
Terre Siciliane Rosato IGP
Produced and Bottled by Azienda Agricola Frank Cornelissen
12.5% Alcohol
$30 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2019

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