A story behind a wine
At Familia Schroeder winery we have our own Sparkling Wine Factory for the production of wine with the Charmat method. The facility is equipped with pressurized tanks and devices that must operate under isobaric pressure.
This factory is used for the production of our Deseado line, which includes two Natural Sweet Sparkling Wines – Deseado (100% Torrontés) and Deseado Rosé (90% Torrontés and 10% Malbec). Both are obtained from the grape juice with a single fermentation.
This line was born from the “desire” (deseado means desired in Spanish) of our enologist Leonardo Puppato, who tells us: “I had wanted to make this wine for a long time, even before I began to work here, at Familia Schroeder. It was a condition when I joined the winery, because I did not want to stop making sparkling wines,” says Leo.
“I have always been interested in this type of sparkling wine with a production process similar to that of Asti… and I imagined how it would be with Torrontés,” explains the enologist. In order to make Deseado, we do not create the usual wine base. Instead, we use must to which yeast and nutrients are added to start fermentation. Once the latter is underway, sugars are consumed from 220 grams down to 95 grams, and the tank is sealed so the carbon dioxide gas has nowhere to go. During the prise de mousse, the sugar is reduced to 65 grams. At this level, fermentation is stopped by rapidly cooling the tank from 15 °C to -4 °C. Thus we obtain a very aromatic, fresh and fruit-driven sparkling wine, with fine, elegant perlage.
“Planted in Patagonia, the Torrontés Riojano is totally different from the one grown in other wine-producing regions in the country, such as Salta. It is aromatic though less explosive, and with spectacular acidity. First we bought the grape and made just one tank. And in 2005, in what was a bold move, we launched a natural sweet Torrontés sparkling wine from Patagonia,” says Puppato.
“The Deseado Torrontés was a product that exploded onto the market. We had to pull up Merlot to plant Torrontés,” he stresses. While the first harvest yielded only 14,000 bottles, nowadays the winery has an annual output of 600,000.