Wine of the week: Frank Cornelissen releases
In the world of lo-fi and minimal intervention wine, Frank Cornelissen – hailing from Mt Etna in Sicily – is a force to be reckoned with. Since establishing vineyards on the Northern valley of the active Etna volcano in 2001, Cornelissen has been growing vines and making wine from his land with a ‘focus on accepting and following nature’. These are wines that speak of the soil, the climate, the region, and the energy of Etna. Cornelissen continues to hone his winemaking and deliver exceedingly pure expressions of the site and vintage, and this release speaks beautifully to that.
2018 Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Etna Rosato, $65
The infamous cuvée is back! Made from a blend of Malvasia, Moscadella, Insolia, and Nerello Mascalaese, this lil rosato sees approximately ten days on skins and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. The end result is fruit-forward, textural, and speaks to Cornelissen’s unique style.
Also available in Magnum (1.5L), $140 & Jeroboam (3L), $400
Purchase limit of 2 bottles per person for Susucaru Rosato
2017 Frank Cornelissen MunJebel Bianco Classico Grecanico Cariccante, $115
Coming from four vineyards (Calderara, Borriglione, Crasà, and Picciolo), this fifty/fifty blend of Grecanico Dorato & Carricante sees approximately four days of skin contact. Lightly textured, elegant, and complex.
Limited amounts of the following also available:
2016 Frank Cornelissen Magma Rosso Barbabecchi Etna Rosso, $495
Cornelissen’s single site ‘Grand Vin’ – 100% ungrafted Nerello Mascalese from the Barbabecchi vineyard. This vineyard sits at an altitude of 910 metres, was planted around 1910, and captures the first cool morning sun rays. This is only produced in vintages where the grapes reach full phenolic ripeness – profound, rich, elegant, and full of personality
2016 Frank Cornelissen MunJebel CR Campo Re Etna Rosso, $152
2016 Frank Cornelissen MunJebel CS Chiusa Spagnolo Etna Rosso, $152
2016 Frank Cornelissen MunJebel FM Feudo di Mezzo Sottana Etna Rosso, $152
2016 Frank Cornelissen MunJebel PA Feudo di Mezzo Porcaria Etna Rosso, $152
2016 Frank Cornelissen MunJebel VA Vigne Alte Etna Rosso, $152
Sicily, prices as marked
Limited stock – contact your neighbourhood store for availability
Price is valid for two weeks unless sold out prior