2006 Crystal Cork Award Winner
Moon Shadow Estate Winery has won the Crystal Cork Award as the Best Fruit Wine: Strawberry Shortcake.

Ontario Wine Review
The most interesting winery of the day, and newest, was Moon Shadows Estate Winery of Haliburton. By law classified as a fruit winery, they are Ontarios, and quite possibly the worlds, first maple syrup based winery. Each wine is made with a varying percentage of maple syrup, but only 3 wines from their vast list, actually have noticeable maple flavour: Golden Maple, Cran Maple and Maple Sugar. Others I tried that were winners: the Black Current and Strawberry Shortcake. Thus, proving that Ontario fruit wines and wineries are leading the way with innovation, experimentation and a fine quality of product.

Lardy's Winetasting Notes - Cranberry Maple
Appearance: Pale cranberry.
Nose: Maple dominates the cranberry on the nose, but both are there.
Palate: Dry with good acidity, light to midweight. Clean fruit has a unique combination of cranberry tartness and maple softness, with both putting on a show midpalate, and the maple taking over for the good clean soft finish.
Conclusions: Interesting wine for those who like either maple or cranberry, would work quite well with slightly spicy foods, or by itself. Something for a jaded palate, the person who has tasted everything.

Lardy's Winetasting Notes - Golden Maple
Appearance: Light white gold.
Nose: Light clean maple.
Palate: Dryish with soft acidity, midweight. Clean maple flavour, drier than most people expect with maple flavours (usually quite sweet!) but very appropriate. Long clean finish.
Conclusions: Something new and different. I've tasted sweet maple wines, and those which are flavoured with maple, but this has the taste of the sap, a very clean experience known mostly to those who harvest maple syrup the old-fashioned way.

Lardy's Winetasting Notes - Maple Sugar
Appearance: Amber Gold (like mid-season maple syrup).
Nose: Maple syrup with spice.
Palate: Sweet with soft acidity, midweight plus. Clean early-season maple flavour, rich, mouthfilling, not quite candied (but this would be interesting over snow!). Full rich midpalate, long clean finish.
Conclusions: No doubting this wine. If you like maple syrup - at all - you will probably like this wine. Something sinful about drinking something that tastes this good.
Other Tasting Notes: Black Currant, Cassis, Bluebarry Ice, Cran Apple, Rhubarb, Strawberry Fields, Strawberry Rhubarb, Strawberry Shortcake, Raspberry Rouge.

The Highlands Communicator
Moon Shadows Estate Winery: A Maple Syrup Based Wine That You've Just Got To Try - And It's Made Locally!

Hobbies can be wonderful things, providing endless fun and enjoyment, and sometimes even a kind of warm comfort, like close companions on a cold winter night. And those terrific hobbies can sometimes be the beginnings of a whole new stage in life, even a new career.

Just ask Eric and Carol Thompson, both retired, but now somehow the proud proprietors of not only their Maple Moon retail store, selling their own maple syrup and a great variety of gifts, but as of this summer the owners of Haliburton’s first winery, the Moon Shadows Estate Winery. To read the rest of this article click here.

The Highlands Communicator
Vol. 4 Issue 17
Sept. 21 - Oct. 4 2005

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