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Frank Cornelissen 'Pistemutta' Rosso Nerello Mascalese, Terre Siciliane, Italy

Frank Cornelissen 'Pistemutta' Rosso Nerello Mascalese, Terre Siciliane, Italy

2021 Frank Cornelissen 'Pistemutta' Rosso Nerello Mascalese, Terre Siciliane, Italy


The 2021 Frank Cornelissen 'Pistemutta' Rosso Norello Mascalese stands as a testament to the collaboration between two entities committed to sustainability: Frank Cornelissen and Patagonia Provisions. This special release celebrates the heritage and tradition of Etna winemaking while supporting environmentally conscious practices.

Product Details

  • Region: Etna, Northern Valley, Sicily, Italy
  • Vineyards: Contrada Feudo di Mezzo
  • Varietals: 100% Nerello Mascalese
  • Vinification: Destemming and light crushing of the grapes
  • Fermentation: Initiated with a “pied-de-cuve” and kept on the skins for 5 days
  • Aging: Neutral epoxy tanks ranging from 2500 to 8000 liters
  • Fining: None
  • Filtering: PE cartridges of 5 microns before bottling
  • Sulphur: Variable from 15 to 60 mg/l, dependent on grape quality and wine stability
  • Annual Production: Approximately 7,000 bottles
  • Denomination: IGP Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese

Sensory Description

Light ruby in the glass, the 2021 'Pistemutta' Rosso exudes a delicate yet complex aroma profile, featuring notes of earth and red berries. On the palate, flavors of boysenberry and mulberry intermingle with dusty tannins, creating a layered experience that is distinctly Etna. This juicy wine is loaded with dark red and black fruits, underscored by subtle tannins and an herbal, earthy tone, offering a true taste of the volcanic terroir.

Winemaker's Background

Azienda Agricola Frank Cornelissen, located on the slopes of Mount Etna, Sicily, is renowned for its minimal-intervention winemaking practices. Established in 2001 by Belgian native Frank Cornelissen, the estate covers 24 hectares, including old, ungrafted vines planted in the traditional alberello style. Certified organic, Cornelissen's approach goes beyond organic and biodynamic standards, focusing on creating wines that express the unique terroir of Etna.

Serving Suggestions

This elegant Nerello Mascalese is best enjoyed slightly chilled, between 55-60°F (13-16°C). It pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, including grilled meats, hearty pasta, and rich cheeses. For an authentic experience, savor it alongside traditional Sicilian cuisine, allowing the wine's complex flavors to enhance your meal.


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