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Golden Child is one of the hottest labels to emerge from the Adelaide Hills in recent years.
A joint project between father David and son James Hamilton, these are cheeky, playful wines that deliver a big whack of lip-smacking satisfaction for not a lot of dollars.
David grows the grapes, James makes the wines. And James knows what he's doing. These are very precisely crafted wines, packaged beautifully and built for smashing at full speed.
Check out this great value selection of James' wares to find out more about this awesome Adelaide Hills up-and-comer.
2019 Golden Child Island Life Fume Blanc
James Hamilton's colourful wines from his father's vineyard in the Adelaide Hills are making plenty of waves.
His gentle approach in the winery shows through so clearly with the release of his Fumé Blanc.
So often this wine style lacks subtlety, the oak getting in the road of the Sauvignon Blanc's vibrancy. Not so with the Golden Child Fumé. The oak cuddles the fruit so well, with the delicious Savvy fruit still front and centre.
A great modern version of this classic wine style and really top value.Read more about 2019 Golden Child Island Life Fume Blanc
2019 Golden Child Eye of the Storm Chardonnay
James Hamilton just gets the kind of wines that the younger wine-loving Australian public want on their tables and in their tumblers.
Orange wines - white grapes made with time on skins - are very in vogue at the moment. Though some can be challenging or even confronting, it's wines like this that make the perfect gateway into the style.
This is Adelaide Hills Chardonnay that spent just over a month on skins. Not too long, but just long enough to give a little powdery grip to the fruit in the mouth.
It's a lighter, juicy expression of baby orange wine - and lots of fun to drink!Read more about 2019 Golden Child Eye of the Storm Chardonnay
2019 Golden Child Beach Bum Rose
James Hamilton is making plenty of waves with his small estate grown Adelaide Hills-based operation. And rightfully so, the wines are stylish, accessible and widely appealing. In short, he's killing it.
Here's his Beach Bum Rosé made from Pinot Noir grown on his dad's block in Kuitpo.
Hand-picked, barrel fermented, set to a dry and savoury styling, this is a flat out delicious rendition of pink wine from the Hills.
It's the perfect pink to tuck in the esky for a day of beach cricket with friends.Read more about 2019 Golden Child Beach Bum Rose
2019 Golden Child Manic Monday Pinot Noir
James Hamilton is making colourful, energetic wines that are on point with the drinking zeitgeist of Australia.
He's keeping it simple. Fruit grown right, the wines made with very little tinkering or adjustments. And importantly, the wines are built for drinking in their youth.
This is just the kind of warm-weather red that we should be drinking more of these days. It's Pinot Noir picked early, fermented as whole bunches, dialled in to a light, nervy, thirst-quenching style.
Looking for a red for the warmer seasons? This Manic Monday is just what you're after.Read more about 2019 Golden Child Manic Monday Pinot Noir
2019 Golden Child Lazy Sunday Light Red
This is one of the most gluggable light and breezy red wines you are likely to come across.
Here, Pinot Noir and Shiraz from James Hamilton's family vineyard in Adelaide Hills, combine forces into a red with unstoppable drinkability. The sweet red fruits of the Pinot, the lovely plump mid-palate of the Shiraz, it's such a winning combination.
Looking for something red to knock back in tumblers on your next picnic?
The Lazy Sunday is your winner.Read more about 2019 Golden Child Lazy Sunday Light Red
2018 Golden Child 7pm Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Golden Child is looking at classic Adelaide Hills varieties and blends and turning them on their head. Here the Hamiltons go again!
The 7pm Red is a 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend, but not as we know it. It's bright and light, fresh and fragrant and with a focus on drinkability rather than cellarability.
Cab Merlots aren't often seen in this ilk but David and James have really hit the brief here. Delicious!Read more about 2018 Golden Child 7pm Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot