Susucaru Etna Rosso from the famous Belgian Etna wine producer Frank Cornelissen is the entry-level red wine from this producer. It is a field-blend of Nerello Mascalese grapes and other varietals from more than 50 years old vines. It is a lovely organic wine with an intense bouquet with hints of red fruits. The taste is balanced, dry and mineral with a pleasant acidity and notes of red fruit.
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|Classification||Terre Siciliane I.G.P.|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Grapes||Nerello Mascalese 85%, Nerello Capuccio, Minella Nera, Allicante Bouschet, Minella Bianco|
|Maturation||In large neutral epoxy coated tanks.|
|Pairs with||A very versatile wine to be paired with white and red meats and cheeses. Serve at 18-19 °C.|
The Frank Cornelissen estate was established in 2001, when Etna as a wine region was still undiscovered. The vineyards are located in Solicchiata near Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of the active volcano, in the eastern part of Sicily. The northern valley is considered today Etna’s top area for single-vineyard (contrada) red wines.
The farming philosophy is based on the acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions. They therefore choose to concentrate on observing and learning the movements of Mother Earth in her various energetic and cosmic passages and they prefer to follow her indications as to what to do, instead of deciding and imposing themselves.
The surface area of the estate is approximately 24 hectares, of which 13ha are old vines (some 100+ years) in the classic free standing alberello training system (Gobelet or bush-vine), 9ha of old vines transformed into modern rows with various width, approximately 2ha of olive growes and the remainder are fruit trees, vegetables and bush. In order to obtain profound, territorial wines, the grape yields are low, around 300 to 600g per vine for the top vineyards and wines, achieved by pruning very short in the dormant season.