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Frank Cornelissen Contadino 2016

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Etna, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Capuccio, Allicante Boushet, Minella & Uva Francesa
Fermented with native yeasts, light filtration, unfined, no additional sulphites

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There's no denying the hype around Frank but it's certainly justified. Anyone making wine in such an uncompromising style is bound to make waves, especially when it's on the side of an active volcano. Contadino is a great way to get aquainted with what Frank is all about.  It's an estate wine made from (mainly) Nerello Mascalese; a selection taken from each of the crus, or contrada, that are vinified separately in the other more 'serious' Munjabel wines. So here you're getting a more general sense of how the vines behave on these mineral rich, multilayered volcanic soils - the idea of the wine to translate these soils as literally as possible. Contadino has gorgeous aromatics and lots of red and sour cherry fruit, the soils giving the acidity an almost electric charge and the energy in the wine is palpable. Think of it as a glass of cooled lava if you like.