2016 Royal Engineers Petite Verdot
The Royal Engineers help laid the foundation for much of British Columbia by building roads, producing maps, surveying land and keeping order during the gold rush. In 1864, Royal Engineer Alben Hawkins bought and fared a piece of land, helping shape the agricultural community Mount Lehman is today.
Like the Royal engineers jacket, our Petit Verdot is bold. Aged for 18 months in an American Oak, this wine reflects its beautiful heritage with supple tannins and complex flavours.
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 2014 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. Don’t wait this year, we only made 5 cases.
Petit Verdot 100%