Wine Alert: Place In The Sun Unwooded Chardonnay 2014


Looking for a bottle of unwooded chardonnay to have with braaied chicken or snoek this weekend?


The 2014 Place in the Sun Unwooded Chardonnay also goes well with oysters and steak tartare.

Place in the Sun is a Fairtrade-certified brand paying a premium to the growers of the Devon Valley grapes. The farm’s Fairtrade Premium Committee decides on how to spend this money.  So far, projects include a series of educational, recreational and nutritional to improve the quality of life of the farm workers who tend the fruit for our wines and their families, with up to 250 people benefiting.

The winemaking process is as follows: the grapes were picked at 22° to 23° Balling. After pressing, the clean juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 14° and 16° C for around 14 days. The wine was left on the lees for another 30 days before bottling.

Here’s what to expect from this wine:

Colour: Clear and bright with a golden hue.
Aroma: Upfront citrus aromas.
Palate: A well-balanced, soft and easy-drinking wine with an abundance of pear and stone fruit flavours.

The 2014 Place in the Sun Unwooded Chardonnay sells for around R42 a bottle and is available from stockists such as Makro and Pick n Pay.


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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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