Friday, 10 June 2011

Frank Cornelissen Munjebel 5 Rosso

Mount Etna has to be one of the most historically prolific yet still active volcanoes in the world and it is garnering much attention for the natural wines movements.  So why would you decide to plant a vineyard in such an area?  As the molten lava has been cascading over the landscape for centuries they have deposited all the minerals that have been laying deep beneath the earth.  As such, many regard them as revealing a greater spectrum of the soil subtypes than many other areas.  Nero d’Avola is the main grape variety but Nerello Mscalese, Alberto Aiello and Nerello Cappuccio all make an appearance in the region. 

Mt Etna erupted recently and this was a photo taken near the mouth

                                                                          John Seach

Frank Cornelissen Munjebel 5 rosso NV

This wine has been mistaken for a pinot which is normal for the variety but here you get a bit of sweaty tennis shoes, old nail, garden clay pot, spice, cherry and a nuclear cloud of oxidisation. So much so that the flavours never come through, I had this open for 3 days and never did it recover resulting in me not willing to go nuts over the wine.  Did I like it? yes.  At 60 it’s a stretch, and at 120 you have to be a hardcore trapeze artist, but its great for an education!

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $120
Rated: 88
Drink: now
- 2015
Importer: Addley Clark Fine Wines

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