Frank Cornelissen 'Susucaru' Rosato Terre Siciliane IGP 2022

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Frank Cornelissen 'Susucaru' Rosato Terre Siciliane IGP 2022
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Appellation/Sub-Region Terre Siciliane IGP
Grapes Catarratto, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Nerello Mascalese
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Certified Organic, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

Frank Cornelissen has carved a unique niche in Sicilian winemaking, crafting a distinctive range of terroir-driven, low-intervention wines while acquiring a cult following along the way. A hardcore proponent of natural winemaking, he farms his 64 acres on the slopes of Mt. Etna in a completely minimalist manner, viewing even biodynamic viticulture as “interventionist.” His hands-off approach in the vineyards carries over to the cellar as well: ‘Susucaru’ was fermented using only indigenous yeasts, and sees 10 days of skin contact and full malolactic fermentation in epoxy tanks. The wine was very lightly filtered and bottled unfined, with no sulfur used in the vineyards or cellar. This blend of native Sicilian grape varietals includes the white grapes catarratto, muscat blanc à petits grains, along with red grape nerello mascalese. This dark “rosé” is no delicate pink sipper, but instead occupies a gastronomic territory closer to that of light red wines (Attention: Jura red wine lovers!) Aromatic, refreshing, textural, and ready for whatever food you throw at it! Certified organic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.