Frank Cornelissen, Munjebel Cuvee Perpetuum NVRegular price $150.00 Save $-150.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Like many before him, Frank Cornelissen fell in love with wine in a romantic fashion. After getting his hands on the coveted DRC, he was naturally committed. After tasting and talking with others in the industry for about 20 years, he began to question the side of wine in a philosophical way. His quest led him to Sicily, where he began to farm in the northern slopes of Mt. Etna, the active volcano. He began to make wine of culture with an approach natural in character. His vines are unlike others in the area as they aren’t planted to high density; instead he has interplanted several forms of vegetation, including fruit trees and buckwheat, allowing the vines to thrive in a polycultural way. The expanse of his love for Etna is reflected in his estate wines, the single vineyard wines, and olive oils. The wines are extremely difficult to come by as they’re allocated; everyone wants these!
'Cuvee Perpetuum' is a nonvintage blend of several contradas across 2015 through 2017 and 2019. Frank Cornelissen believes that nonvintage wines bring a better lens to wine coming from a broader area. This is an ode to the old school wines of Etna, as well as implementing the “perpetual” method of solera aging (something often seen in Champagne and sherry production.) The fruit comes from vines over 60 years in age on average; altitudes range from 600-800 meters in elevation.