Golden Child is the project of young yet experienced winemaker James Hamilton. Using grapes grown by his father David from his own vineyard in Kuitpo in the southern Adelaide Hills, James uses his wealth of winemaking experience to bring the wines to bottle.
Having their own 20+-year-old vineyard gives the Hamiltons enormous flexibility with the wines and allows James to craft some pretty unique offerings. The fruit is all hand-picked, fermented with natural yeasts and crafted together gently and with minimum additions. The range is wide, colourful and wholly enjoyable.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"A 50/50 blend of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir and Syrah, the Lazy Sunday is an easy drinking red, full of wild strawberries and sour cherries. This wine drinks best with a slight chill. This wine is vegan friendly and was bottled unfiltered with minimal additives.
Hand-picked Syrah (picked early for freshness) was whole bunch fermented for five days before basket pressing into used Hogs Head barrels. This was later blended with 100% whole bunch Pinot Noir and matured for six months in barrel."
differentdrop.com (2020 Vintage)
"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."
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
91/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (2019 Vintage)
"Strawberry and spicy, pleasant herbal perfume, green banana, wisp of smokiness. Light, frisky, bright, sappy, fresh strawberry, feathering of dusty and white pepper tannin, crunch on the finish. Good fun. A guzzler with some grace."