Enduring innovative spirit | Newcastle Herald




TRAIL-BLAZERS: Drayton’s Family Wines’ operations manager Mark Wiseman, chairman Max Drayton, managing director John Drayton and senior winemaker Edgar Vales toast the Hunter Blue.

NOTABLE by still being in the hands of its founding family, the 163-year-old Drayton’s wine operation has a history of novel projects – the latest being its blue wine.

The Draytons were Hunter trail blazers in producing the bulk tank-fermented Hunter Pearl bubbly and they still make the high-octane Dr Jurd’s Jungle Juice fortified. In aid of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance, their Pokolbin winery has produced red and white wines labelled

“Have You Had Your Little Prick?” 

The $24-a-bottle Hunter Blue was created by the Drayton’s winemaking team by blending wine from white semillon and verdelho grapes and adding some food colouring.

The eye-catching electric blue non-vintage wine will please those with a sweet tooth. It has honeysuckle scents, sweet lychee front-palate flavour, followed up on the middle palate by mixed peel, lemon and honey characters. Residual sugar plays at the finish.

It’s available at the winery at 555 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin, on draytonswines.com.au and in some bottle shops. Blue wine has long been contemplated by producers world-wide. The first was finally produced recently by the Spanish Gik wine company in partnership with a Basque university.

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