Corpinnat

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?

Torelló indicates the date of disgorgement in its Corpinnat bottles

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. Torelló 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.