As many of you already know, just
over a year ago, five wineries in Penedès founded the brand of sparkling
quality wines Corpinnat. Now we are nine houses and part of our day to day is dedicated to explain what is Corpinnat and
what values and commitments are behind it.
When it seemed that the complicated part was going to be to explain this, we were very pleasantly surprised to see how most people assimilated and understood it quickly and also in a very «natural» way. It could be said that they were already waiting for it. The best? see the good reception we have had, the great support and the impulse that you keep giving us. Even so, we know that there is still a long way to do. But now, what about the name, where does Corpinnat come from?
A word that at first sight seems strange, when dividing it, quickly takes on all its meaning. COR (Heart) – PINNAT (etymological root of the Penedès place-name) – NAT (born); that is to say: HEART – PENEDÈS – BORN, or in other words «Born in the heart of Penedès. One of our main values, the origin, the linking of sparkling wines to a terroir, to some varieties, to some commitments, to a history and to a wine culture. Seen that way, it’s easier to understand, right?
Disgorgement is the last action that takes place in the process of making a quality sparkling wine produced by the traditional method. It consists of extracting the yeasts, or lees, that remain inside the bottle after having made the second fermentation.
After the fermentation and
aging of the sparkling wines, the yeasts that remain inside the bottle must be
extracted, in order to make the wines clean and transparent before launching
them to the market. Through the process of removal, the yeasts are transported
by gravity to the neck of the bottle and with the disgorgement it will be
uncovered to expel those remaining yeasts. Then proceed to add the expedition liquor
(if needed) and place the traditional cork.
From few months ago, Torelló
incorporates the date of disgorgement on the back labels, indicating month and
year. This is intended to give more information to the consumer. After the
disgorgement and subsequent corking, it is necessary that the sparkling wine
recover -for a period of not less than three months- from the abrupt act of
uncovering the bottles after years growing up in the tranquility of the cellar.
During this time, the carbon dioxide and the expedition liquor will be
integrated, in case it was added.
has been dedicated for decades to the elaboration of long aging sparkling wines
and we understand that the later evolution in the bottle after the disgorgement
is totally recommendable. Our sparkling wines are prepared for this, since they
were made with base wines with great aging capacity and, after disgorgement,
they will gain in complexity.