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Frank Cornelissen Munjebel Rosso 2020

Frank Cornelissen Munjebel Rosso 2020

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Tasting Notes

Just an incredible wine from one of the instigators of the Natural Wine Movement on Sicily's Mount Etna. The Munjabel is 100% Nerello Mascalese grown on the volcanic slopes of the always active Mount Etna. It's quite an incredible site. The wine is ethereal, ripe yet tempered and always evolving. I can happily say that every experience with a Cornelissen wine is unique and this wine is no exception... I can't wait for the next bottle! - Chris L

A rich and fragrant wine of pure Nerello Mascalese from different vineyards, partly from our crus as well as the designated plots: Chiusa Spagnola, Rampante, Monte Colla, Feudo di Mezzo, Piano Daini and Crasà. A classic, traditional pure Nerello Mascalese with smooth tannins and sweetness of ripe fruit. A classic Etna Rosso from the Northern Valley. Organic wine certification. - Importer Note

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 possibly avoiding all treatments on the land we cultivate, whether homeopathic, organic or biodynamic. Accepting and following nature is our guideline as the divine ability to understand the ‘Whole’ was obviously not given to man as we are only a part of this complex and not God himself.

Our estate was established in 2001, when Etna as a wine region was still undiscovered. Our vineyards are located on the Northern valley of the active volcano Etna, in the oriental part of Sicily. The northern valley is considered today Etna’s top area for single-vineyard (contrada) red wines like the “Côtes-de-Nuits” in Burgundy or Piemonte’s “Barolo” area. The surface area of our estate is approximately 24 hectares, of which 13ha are old vines in the classic free standing alberello training system (Gobelet or bush-vine), 9ha of old vines transformed into modern rows with various width, approximately 2ha of olive growth and the remainder are fruit trees, vegetables and bush. Although Etna has a tradition in high density plantation of vines, we search to reduce monoculture and have interplanted various local fruit varieties and keep bees to regain a complex ecosystem. The new vineyards are planted without grafts, using a selection of our original, ungrafted vines. The training system used is the alberello. Buckwheat is used for rebalancing soils low on organic material without recourse to industrial compost, especially important when preparing land for a new vineyard plantation. We avoid soil-tilling as much as possible, although this depends on the vintage and the quantity of water over the winter (recovering of the vines after the production cycle). Our goal is to avoid all treatments whatsoever in the vineyard, orchard and surroundings, in which we succeeded even in difficult vintages. Unfortunately, there will always be the vintages where treatments with copper sulphate and sulphur are necessary to avoid vines from dying.

Product Type Wine Red Other Varietals & Blends
Volume 750ml
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Sub Region Etna
Winemaking Practices Natural
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic