Released with great excitement, Royal Engineers Reserve Petit Verdot was named after the Royal Engineers, the tiny military force that served during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. With their splendid scarlet jackets, the 220 men of the Royal Engineers, commonly known as “Sappers” laid the foundation for much of British Columbia by building roads, producing maps, surveying land and settling miner’s disputes. In 1864, Royal Engineer Alben Hawkins arrived to survey the area now called Mount Lehman and took up residence on the bluff above the southern bank of the Fraser River.
The Secret to Growing Petit Verdot: Long days and Lots of Sun!
We seized the day when presented with an opportunity to create a tasty and expressive wine. The extended growing conditions and warm Okanagan weather gives Royal Engineer Petit Verdot a chance to completely mature and shine front and center. 2014 was a truly great vintage and afforded us the chance to produce this stunning Petit Verdot. It’s just plain delicious!
Supple tannins and American Oak remain in the background, providing structure without interfering with the luscious, elegant flavors. The wine is long, enticing, alluring, concentrated, textural and complex… simply delicious! Aged for 18 months and already reflecting its beautiful heritage, Royal Engineer Reserve 2019 Petit Verdot is really a baby. While approachable and delectable now, the wine will continue to improve in the bottle for more than a decade.