The 2008 Museum 6 Pack Autumn 2021
2008 was an exceptional vintage at Huntington Estate, and it is a pleasure to be able to share a limited release of these very fine wines with you.
The 2008 growing season was very cold with good rainfall early on. Full ripeness was achieved slowly and evenly, with minimal disease pressure.
These are cool climate wines, extremely elegant with wonderful natural acids and fine tanins. The '08s have a beautiful clarity to them with fresh bright fruit notes and wonderful herbaceous tones.
Conditions at vintage point to a long and illustrious life for these lovely wines. They are drinking beautifully now at 13 years old, and especially the two Special Reserves have a long way to go with careful cellaring.
2 x 2008 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 13.3% | $75 | 95/100 HUON HOOKE 94/100 HALLIDAY
‘Slightly deeper colour than the Block 3; a more aristocratic version, with an element of briary austerity that is part and parcel of many top quality cabernets; it also has lovely mid to back palate flesh, finishing with ripe tannins.’ Beautiful black and red fruit, a hint of dried mint and a lovely umami note. Mouth-filling and weighty with a great mid-palate and a lovely finish. Soft, textured with a long life ahead of it. Best drinking within 10 years (to 2031).
2 x 2008 Special Reserve Shiraz 14.6% | $75 | 92/100 HALLIDAY
‘Bright colour... Plush dark plum, spicy fruit, and layers of flavour.' Stunning - a well-matured wine. Fruit driven with plush plum and dark cherries supported by a hint of caramel and licorice in the lingering fruit finish. Velvety smooth and soft, juicy with a lovely structure and fresh natural acididty. Best drinking within 10 years (to 2031).
2 x 2008 Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5% | $75 | 94/100 HALLIDAY
‘Medium red-purple. A very good regional example of Cabernet Sauvignon... the gently earthy / spicy nuances to the mainframe of blackcurrant have worked well.’ Lovely cassis and dried herbs, with complementary notes of tobacco leaf and cedar emerging with time in glass. Elegant, soft, fine tannins and a vibrancy from the delicate acids. Best drinking in the next 5 years (to 2026).