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. Vines are an average 50 years in age. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and skin contact for about 60 days, aged in neutral epoxy tanks 2500 liters to 7000 liters. ‘Susucaru Rosso’ is the re-named ‘Contadino’, the estate’s “entry-level” red.
Tasting Notes: Ruby-garnet in colour, very aromatic, with cinnamon, clove, star anise, orange peel, cherry, plum, red flowers, smoke and tarry earth. Bright pomegranate, wild raspberry, sour cherry, blackberry, tangerine, clove, black pepper and earth are wrapped in smoke and complimented by fresh acidity and grippy tannins. Tangy fruit, cinnamon, orange peel, peppery spice and smoke saturate the plush finish. Charismatic and engaging.
Blend of Nerello Mascalese 85%, Nerello Capuccio, Minella Nera, Allicante Bouschet, Minella Bianco
Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane IGP
Produced & Bottled by Azienda Agricola Frank Cornelissen