Grape(s): 85% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Minella, 5% Alicante Bouschet
Localization: Sicily, Italy
Tasting Notes: Susucaru Rosso is a juicy red wine with aromas of small red fruits, liquorice notes and marine hints. On the palate it is rich, fresh and very mineral. A wine with good extraction but not heavy. The finish is elegant and saline.
Food pairing: Roasted Pork, Cold meat, Roasted chicken, Roasted red meats
The Domain: Before a wine can be good, it must be true!”. This is the motto of Frank Cornelissen, a Belgian oenologist who has recently become an icon of Sicily and an eminent figure in volcanic origin natural wines. An experimental genius who has been making unique and expressive wines at the foot of the Etna volcano (Sicily) since 2001. His rosé wine, Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosso, is an example of this.
Made from the three native varieties Nerello Mascalese, Minella and Alicante Bouschet, the Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosso grapes come from 50 year old vines planted on the northern slopes of the Etna volcano. The vines are cultivated using organic agriculture with biodynamic treatments and following the lunar cycles in each of the processes. Once the grapes have been harvested by hand, they are taken to the winery where they undergo spontaneous fermentation in fibreglass tanks with skin-contact maceration for 60 days. This is the same place it undergoes malolactic fermentation, staying there for a few months. Finally it is bottled with very low amounts of sulphite.
This is how Frank Cornelissen, following ancient winemaking methods, succeeds in showcasing the truth and nothing but the truth. Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosso is undoubtedly a great example of this. Freshness, minerality and refinement in equal parts.