US$172,000 “Bottle” of Wine

Penfolds is releasing a limited edition glass ampoule containing its rare 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. Each ampoule contains the equivalent of one bottle of wine (750ml) and costs approximately US$172,000.

According to Penfolds, the vessel is a “beautiful objet d’art designed to store wine in an ideal environment.” The handblown ampoule is securely housed in a “plumb-bob” made of transparent grey glass with a ruby red top. The “plumb-bob” is suspended in a Jarrah cabinet. Four of South Australian’s finest artists/craftsmen were commissioned to collaborate on this project. Only twelve ampoules have been made, and each one is individually numbered.

If you purchase one of these ampoules, a senior member of the Penfolds winemaking team will be in attendance to conduct a special opening ceremony when you are ready to drink the wine. The winemaker will remove the ampoule from its glass “plumb-bob” casing and open it using a specially designed, tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap. Then, the winemaker will prepare the wine using a beautifully crafted sterling silver tastevin.

The wine contained within the ampoule, first released in the 1950s, is a rare, single-vineyard wine produced from what are believed to be the oldest continuously-producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world. The ten-acre Block 42 was planted in 1885.

For pictures and more information, including a short video about the making of the ampoule, visit Penfolds Ampoule Project.

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