Frank Cornelissen Munjebel FM Rosso
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Region: Etna, Sicily, Italy
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Grape variety: Nerello Mascalese
Frank Cornelissen Munjebel FM Rosso is from the same contrada as the Munjebel PA, but the grapes are sourced from the lower vineyards.
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER
About Frank Cornelissen Munjebel FM Rosso
Frank Cornelissen Munjebel FM Rosso is from the same contrada as the Munjebel PA, but the grapes are sourced from the lower portions of the vineyard. Although lower in the valley floor where one would expect bigger wines, the wines are of an unusual elegance which characterizes this area. Relatively deep soil which, in humid vintages can create some problems although the well-ventilated site helps to get ripeness. Burgundian elegance and roundness, even in hot vintages make this a special wine with great finesse.
About Frank Cornelissen
Frank Cornelissen is the owner of 19 hectares of vines rather high up on Mount Etna. Uniquely, he has been involved in wine his entire life. As the son of a wine broker in Belgium, he had the opportunity to be immersed in wine on a professional level from a very young age. Frank went on to produce his first wine in 2001 when he started with only 0.40 hectares of vines.
Frank is obsessive over details in an effort to make wines that truly express terroir with perspective. He is a meticulous vineyard worker and keeps an extremely clean and organized cellar. The evolution in his wines is intriguing as well. Earlier vintages were linear, angular, precise, and full of minerality. He has often said that in the early days his goal was to create liquid stone. His wines have softened with time now striking balance between fruit and dynamic minerality.
While there are many important details in his winemaking method, the key is in the vineyards. Frank is not Sicilian, so choosing Mount Etna was deliberate. The main reason to choose the North Valley of Etna was for its incredible and unique diversity of volcanic soils that have an immutable voice. This in tandem with Etna’s primary varietal Nerello Mascalese, he believed he could make wines of great complexity and distinction. He has described Nerello Mascalese to be somewhere between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo. Frank’s best wines have the dry and sharp tannins you find in great Nebbiolo, but with the lusher fruits of Pinot Noir.
Frank works without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or any other chemicals. He occasionally uses biodynamic treatments, but not in the ways outlined by biodynamic calendars as he feels his vineyards have their own unique schedule!