Grape varieties: Nerello Mascalese
Please note that Frank Cornelissen has had an amazing development process since deciding at the beginning of the Millennium, as an autodidact, to begin making wines on Etna.
The learning process has taken the fortunate one of us, who have known Frank since almost the beginning, through a series of very exciting transitions. These transitions have begun with wine that was raw, learning process, sometimes with wine going into the bottle in a very unstable state, wine with high volatility, with part of the sediment, and more. These wines are now collectors items, and this is not memorabilia for the sake of emotional “aficionado” level, this is again due to a very magical, very amazing and scientifically exciting process that wines that we analyse in the beginning has perhaps less stable, more volatile, maybe with brett, can and often will in time if they come from excellent grapes great terroir, turn into something more stable. This is what I am seeing in the older vintages from Frank, and that is the reason why we are making these wines available to those of you who are as fascinated as us, in trying some of the older vintages that have had time in the bottle.
Please when you receive these bottles, take very good care of them: we will send these bottles to you in Nakpack, in order to secure that there are not violent temperature swings on the bottle, which would damage these delicate wines, and upon received I recommend that strongly, that you keep these wines for several weeks vertical, on their feet, so that the wines have time in a refrigerated medium, in a cool medium, to settle again with any and all fermentation that may have been reactivated during shipping.
After that, when you taste the wines, they will show themselves a lot more.
And the final recommendation: these are not wines that were intended as some of the “new wave Pet-nats”, to be shaken and stirred, in order to give a great dramatic effect in the glass, with all of the leeds and sediment swimming around in your glass. So please when you open the bottle, either decant the wine very delicately, or pour it delicately, so that the sediment is your last half glass that you drink.
A rich and fragrant wine of pure Nerello Mascalese from different vineyards, partly from their best parcels where they produce their crus (Zottorinoto-Chiusa Spagnolo, Feudo di Mezzo-sottana and Porcaria) as well as designated vineyards for this specific wine (Rampante sottana, Piano Daini and Crasà). A classic, traditional Nerello Mascalese with tannins and sweetness of ripe fruit. Frank´s vision of a traditional, balanced and rich Northern Valley Etna wine.
Region: Etna, Northern Valley
Location: comune of Castiglione di Sicilia
Vineyards: Zottorinoto-Chiusa Spagnolo, Feudo di Mezzo-Porcaria, Rampante sottana, Crasà, Piano dei Daini
Exposure: North, North-East
Average age of vines: 50+ years
Vinification: Destemming and light crushing of the grapes
Fermentation: starting with a “pied-de-cuve” using only indigenous yeasts and skin contact for about 50 days
Aging: In neutral epoxy tanks from 2500 liters to 7000 liters for about 12 months
Filtering: Before bottling with PP cartridges of 5 micron
Sulphur: values can vary from 15 to 50 mg/l., added or not, depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.
Annual production: 18.000 bottles
First vintage: 2001
Denomination: Etna Rosso DOP or IGP Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
Bottle type: Dark burgundy bottle
Available sizes: 750ML, 1500ML, 3000ML (375ML and 5000ML on special request only)
Recommended stemware: Zalto Burgundy