Magical wine from the steep slopes of one of the world's most active vulcanoes: Mount Etna on Sicily.
By the words of cult natural winemaker Frank Cornelissen himself: "Feudo di Mezzo (FM) as a contrada is very vaste and therefore I prefer to separate the bottom part (sottana) from the upper part (soprana or Porcaria). Although lower in the valley floor, 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 makes this a special wine with finesse as it’s personality."
Region: Etna, Northern valley
Vineyard: contrada Feudo di Mezzo, sottana
Elevation: 580m. asl
Varietal: Nerello Mascalese 100%
Average age of vines: 40+ 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 60 days
Aging: In neutral epoxy tanks from 1500 liters to 2500 liters
Filtering: Before bottling with cartridges of 5 micron
Sulphur: values can vary from 5 to 30 mg/l., added or not, depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.
Annual production: approx. 2.500 bottles
First vintage: 2014
Denomination: Etna Rosso DOP or IGP Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
Only 2500 bottles made, with high demand worldwide, this is rare.
Frank Cornelissen -Munjebel FM 2017
100% Nerello Mascalese
Etna, Sicily, Italy