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Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

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Unveiling the Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay: A Detailed Tasting Experience with Food Pairings


Calling all Chardonnay enthusiasts! Embark on a flavour journey with the captivating Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. This Californian gem, sourced from one of the region's most prestigious appellations, promises a delightful harmony of fruit, spice, and creaminess.

Uncorking the Aroma:

As you uncork the bottle, a burst of inviting aromas greets your senses. The initial impression might be one of bright citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit, hinting at the wine's refreshing acidity. Look closer, and you'll find delicate floral notes of honeysuckle weaving their way in, adding a touch of elegance. But wait, there's more! Subtle hints of spice, like nutmeg and clove, emerge, hinting at the oak influence that contributes complexity.

A Sip of Sunshine:

The first sip is a revelation. The Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay delivers a burst of sunshine on the palate. The youthful lemon and grapefruit flavours translate beautifully, offering a vibrant acidity that cuts through the richness. This is where the Santa Lucia Highlands terroir truly shines. The cool coastal climate allows the grapes to retain their natural acidity, resulting in a wine that is lively and refreshing.

Delving Deeper:

As you savour the wine, a creamy texture unfolds, caressing your palate. This richness comes from the ageing process on lees, spent yeast cells that impart a buttery and toasty character. The oak influence becomes more apparent now, adding subtle hints of vanilla and spice, without overpowering the delicate fruit flavours.

The Lingering Impression:

The finish of the Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is long and satisfying. The vibrant acidity lingers, leaving your mouth refreshed and wanting more. Hints of citrus and spice echo on the palate, reminding you of the wine's complexity.

Food Pairings to Elevate Your Experience:

The Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay's versatility makes it a fantastic food pairing wine. Here are some suggestions to unlock its full potential:

  • Seafood: The wine's bright acidity and creamy texture make it a perfect match for rich seafood dishes. Think seared scallops with lemon butter sauce, grilled halibut with roasted vegetables, or creamy lobster bisque.
  • Poultry: Roast chicken or turkey with herb stuffing finds a beautiful complement in this Chardonnay. The wine's acidity cuts through the richness of the poultry, while the oaky notes enhance the savoury flavours.
  • Creamy Pastas: Indulge in a decadent pairing with creamy pasta dishes like fettuccine alfredo or carbonara. The Chardonnay's richness will mirror the cream sauce, creating a harmonious flavour profile.
  • Salads: For a lighter option, pair the wine with a salad featuring grilled chicken, goat cheese, and toasted nuts. The wine's acidity will balance the creaminess of the goat cheese, while the oak complements the richness of the nuts.

Beyond the Bottle:

The Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is more than just a delicious beverage; it's an experience. It's a chance to savour the essence of California's prestigious Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. With its vibrant acidity, creamy texture, and intriguing flavours, this Chardonnay is sure to become a favourite among discerning wine lovers.

At The General Wine Co., we are proud to offer this exceptional Chardonnay.  We invite you to visit our website or store to explore the Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay and embark on your own flavour journey.


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