Estate: Pioneering, iconic 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.”
Winemaking: From a single, ungrafted vineyard planted in 1925 in contrada Zottorinoto, Chiusa Spagnolo cru on the lower in the valley floor [620 meters in elevation] in an amphitheater, surrounded by lava. Destemmed, light crushing, native yeasts fermentation started with pied-de-cuve, 60 day skin contact. Aged in neutral epoxy tanks, unfined. 2500 bottles produced.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with radiant aromas of cinnamon, coriander, rose petal, orange zest, smoky earth, black cherry, strawberry, sweet pine, black pepper. Sleek layers of blood orange, blackberry, pomegranate, cranberry, cherry, sweet pine and fresh acidity glide atop smoky earth and fine grain tannins. Orange, cinnamon, black currant, rose petal and black pepper linger between each mighty sip. Dynamic and engaging.
100% Nerello Mascalese
Terre Siciliane IGP
Produced & Bottled by Azienda Agricola Frank Cornelissen