RKS Wine: Do You Have Good Kharma? Flat Rock Cellars “Good Kharma Chardonnay”

Perhaps your kharma is dictated to you by a higher power based on your actions in this world? You know last weekend I was going to COSTCO to pick up some great Canadian Feta cheese and beside me some rather thuggish looking man in unlaced work boots, shorts and shaved head opened his door in heavy traffic and got out of his Ford 150 truck and bashed on the window and tore off the rear-view mirror of the car beside him. The kind of fellow you might see at the Capitol Riot in Washington. I wonder what his kharma was? In his last life he was an asshole and, in this life, an even bigger one.

When you try the 2020 Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay perhaps you might reflect on your kharma? Or like me you might focus on the kharma of the wine? The fact that proceeds of the sale of the wine go to “Feed Ontario” an organization that has a vision of ending poverty and hunger in Ontario points to good kharma for all who drink it? Over 150,000 meals have been provided from the sale of this wine. Perhaps that thug I described above might be best served by abandoning his malt liquor and being more polite and drinking some Good Kharma. He had so much hatred in him in his next life perhaps he will be a flea?

Avoiding too much of a philosophical nature what about the wine?

It has a light gold colour. On the nose some intense peach and apricot and tangerine. There is no oak in this wine. It is lean and crisp with some measure of acidity making it a great foodie wine. On the palate some further apricot and peach. Could it be the wine has picked up the aroma of peaches growing nearby? There is enough acidity in the wine to make it a great pairing with seafood. It just might have the guts to stand up to November Malpeque oysters. It would also suit a range of grilled ocean fish like spiogola, orata and porgie served with a lemon, EVO and oregano with a big bowl of Swiss Chard doused with the same sauce you douse the fish with.

Spigola (sea bass) at Postigo Restaurant in Porto ; Photo: Robert K. Stephen

I think the wine’s acidity gives it a unique Niagara character. I can’t say there are many Niagara Chardonnays I would recommend with ocean water fish. Now would it suit freshwater perch, pickerel, bass and pike? I think so if simply prepared.

All said and done Chardonnay in Ontario seems so rarely suited for the fish I like but I think this is one of them. It is no oak sodden monster for sure but perhaps representative of a true unadulterated Chardonnay.

An odd but utilitarian Chardonnay with its own proud characteristics.

(Good Kharma 2020 Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Flat Rock Cellars, Jordan , Ontario, $ 16.95,. LCBO # 356873, 750 mL, 12,5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 89/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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