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Golden Child

The Golden Child story really began when David Hamilton planted vines in the Kuitpo sub-region of the Adelaide Hills in 1997, with the help of viticultural guru Geoff Hardy. David grew grapes and sold them to local wineries. He dabbled in making wine for himself but never really released anything commercially.

Fast forward almost twenty years and David’s son James (and James’wife Alanna) use some grapes to produce Golden Child’s first ever vintage in 2016. The name references banter between James and his sister as to who was the golden child of the family.

The wines were well received and the brand has been growing ever since. James is becoming more involved in the grape growing side of the business and is implementing changes including more sustainable farming (largely organic practices) and planting new varieties that suit the climate of the vineyard (Gamay, Fiano and hopefully one day Nebbiolo and Nerello Mascalese).

They use largely organic practices in the vineyard (although  not certified.. yet) and they use pretty lo-fi winemaking in the winery. James says this means usually hand picking fruit, being gentle and precise in the winery, then getting the wine into bottle without filtration or too much other manipulation. He aims to make fresh, bright, interesting wines that are easy to drink but also sometimes make you think.


  • Golden Child Manic Monday Pinot Noir 2023 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child Manic Monday Pinot Noir 2023 - 6 Pack

      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...

      $176.00 $158.00

  • Golden Child Tropicana 2022 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child Tropicana 2022 - 6 Pack

      The final blend is 50% Verdelho, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Chardonnay. Fermented on skins for one week (except the Chardonnay, which was one month on skins), aged in older oak for three months then bottled early for freshness. Wild ferment, no acid adds, no fining or filtering. It's full...

      $160.00 $144.00

  • Golden Child Party Juice 2023 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child Party Juice 2023 - 6 Pack

      A super fun blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The components are fermented separately then blended for some good-time vibes! Six months in older oak then put into bottle. It’s fresh and textural and tastes of red berries, pink grapefruit and tangy citrus. Drink chilled or chuck...

      $187.00 $168.00

  • Golden Child Lazy Sunday Pinot Syrah 2023 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child Lazy Sunday Pinot Syrah 2023 - 6 Pack

      In 2016, Golden Child produced their inaugural red wine, a 50/50 blend of Pinot and Syrah, which quickly became one of their most beloved wines. The decision to maintain a balanced 50/50 ratio was intentional, as it consistently delivers the best results. The Pinot component contributes lively red fruit flavors...

      $187.00 $168.00

  • Golden Child Beach Bum Rose 2023 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child Beach Bum Rose 2023 - 6 Pack

      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 Shiraz/Syrah grown in Kuitpo. Hand-picked, barrel fermented, set to a dry and...

      $160.00 $144.00

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    • Golden Child Party Juice 2023

      A super fun blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The components are fermented separately then blended for some good-time vibes! Six months in older oak then put into bottle. It’s fresh and textural and tastes of red berries, pink grapefruit and tangy citrus. Drink chilled or chuck...

      $32.00

  • Golden Child Unknown Road Grenache 2022 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child Unknown Road Grenache 2022 - 6 Pack

      James Hamilton at Golden Child, always plugged into the zeitgeist, had heard that they grew good Grenache in McLaren Vale. So he took the unknown road to seek out some G'nache from Blewitt Springs. And he's made a belter of light and juicy, drink-now-or-forever-hold-your-thirst red, that bursts with red fruit...

      $179.00 $161.00

  • Golden Child Life's Beachy Pinot Noir 2021 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child Life's Beachy Pinot Noir 2021 - 6 Pack

      If it's freshness you're looking for, with some energy and fun, this wine is just for you. It's a rose made using only Pinot Noir, so you know it's going to be a light, fragrant and juicy thing. But it has taken inspiration from the roses of Italy rather than...

      $204.00 $184.00

  • Golden Child 1-Up Syrah 2021 - 6 Pack

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    • Golden Child 1-Up Syrah 2021 - 6 Pack

      This is sourced entirely from old vines - one block 50 years old, the other 90 years. There is normally a certain reverence about working with old material, showcasing the natural gravitas of these vines. This is a different type of homage. With an early harvest, 100% whole bunches and...

      $255.00 $230.00