2018 Frank Cornelissen Munjebel CS

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CONTRADA ZOTTORINOTO – CHIUSA SPAGNOLO

"This pure Nerello Mascalese comes from our ungrafted vineyard in contrada Zottorinoto, more specific in the section Chiusa Spagnolo, situated towards the valley floor, a bit hidden in an amphytheater, surrounded by lava. A unique vineyard, planted around 1925 at a lower altitude (620m. asl) producing a profound, tannic wine, a bit more backward and Nebbiolo-ish compared to our other contrada wines." - Frank Cornelissen

Region: Etna, Northern valley
Location: frazione Solicchiata, comune of Castiglione di Sicilia
Vineyard: contrada Zottorinoto, cru Chiusa Spagnolo
Exposure: North
Elevation: 620m. asl
Varietal: Nerello Mascalese 100%, ungrafted
Average age of vines: 80+ 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 1500 liters to 2500 liters for 18 months and another 18 months in bottle
Fining: No
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: approx. 3.000 bottles
First vintage: 2012
Denomination: Etna Rosso DOP or IGP Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese

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