Casal Figueira Adiado Tinto is a Portuguese red wine bottled as a PDO / PGI Vinho Regional Lisboa.
Casal Figueira was a wine project that was started over 20 years ago by the António Augusto Carvalho. António was responsible for the rediscovery of the white Vital grape (sometimes known as Malvasia Corado) primarily grown in western Portugal which had nearly gone extinct. Antonio began the project to save this indigenous variety and eventually would become the only winemaker to bottle a 100% Vital. Sadly Antonio passed away at the age of just 43 years old in 2009 but his wife, Marta Soares, with whom he has shared winemaking duties, did not hesitate to continue with his labour of love.
Today Marta makes two wines, the aforementioned 100% Vital called Antonio in remembrance of her husband, and this intriguing red wine made from 100% Castelao grapes. Marta works with 4 plots of vines with an average age of 50 to 100 years old, located at between 200 and 450 metres, each owned by a separate owner. The tiny winery is located in the small town of Vermelha which is about an hour north of Lisbon.
Castelao is a native Portuguese grape variety that is common to the Lisboa region. The grapes come from one hectare of vines planted on clay / limestone soils and which enjoy a maritime climate. After harvest the grapes are crushed and undergo a short period of cold fermentation. The grapes are then pressed and the wine fermented in tank prior to maturation for 7 months prior to release. This is an ultra low intervention expression of Castelao.
Adiado roughly translates as “’we’ll leave it ’till later’”.