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Frank Cornelissen – Magma vigna Barbabecchi DOP Sicilia – 2019

The pinnacle of selection, a primordial expression of Etna, a true Italian rarity because of its limited production ONLY in vintages considered indelible in which perfect phenolic ripening is desired. Named “Magma Rosso” in honor of the volcano, it is produced from the same grapes in the Barbabecchi contrada located northeast near Castiglione di Sicilia at an elevation of 910 meters where only centenary prephylloxera Nerello Mascalese vines, planted in 1910, reside. An almost hostile environment with imposing temperature ranges where the vines produce very few grapes, the best are vinified with the use of indigenous yeasts and remain in contact with the skins for 50 days, aging continues in neutral fiberglass tanks of 1200 to 2500 liters for 18 months followed by 18 months of rest in the bottle. We are talking about a true oenological masterpiece of 2000 bottles, the aromas are simply wonderful with fruity and volcanic notes, on the palate it is majestic exhibiting personality, finesse and harmony of taste that only this wine can give. Poetry made in a bottle.

  • Producer: Cornelissen Frank
  • Name: Magma vigna Barbabecchi DOP Sicilia
  • Grape Variety: 100% Nerello Mascalese
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol Content: 14%
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml
  • Production: 1985

Productive Notes: vinification with indigenous yeasts for 50 days. Aging in neutral fiberglass tanks of 1200 to 2500 liters for 18 months, plus 18 months in bottle.

Wine naturally contains solphites


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“Accept and follow nature” is Frank Cornelissen’s winery philosophy. Of Belgian origin, after various winemaking experiences, he founded the winery in Sicily, on Mount Etna, in 2001. Right from the start, Cornelissen was struck by the fertile and extraordinary territory of the Etna volcano, seeking to produce wines of great expressive identity in an area that is, among other things, still little exploited and known. The key and fundamental concept of the winery is not to intervene invasively in the vineyard, thus avoiding the use of chemicals, plowing the land, but to follow nature. In addition, fruit trees and cereals are integrated into the vineyards, to avoid having a monoculture and help the ecosystem. The winery is located in Castiglione di Sicilia and manages 24 hectares of vineyards, woods and olive groves on the northern slope of Etna between 600 and 1,000 meters above sea level, an area most advantageous for the quality of Nerello Mascalese due to cooler temperatures. In addition to respect and care for the land, to produce great and territorial wines the yields per plant are very low, between 300 and 600 grams of grapes. Even in the winery, only neutral containers are used for fermentations such as mastelli, or fiberglass for aging. The winery never uses wooden barrels! The style is really to enhance the volcanic soils of each individual district that give minerality and notes of sulfur, herbaceous, vegetal. Extraordinary Purist!

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