Penfolds, a Southern Australian based winery has just released the world’s most expensive bottle of wine. The wine is on sale for a staggering £109,000 per bottle and is sold in specially designed hand-blown glass ampoules.
Just 12 ampoules of the exclusive 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon have been produced and were unveiled at a special dinner for wine collectors in Moscow this month. The celebrated wine has only been released in stellar vintages and is made from what is thought to be the oldest continuously-producing Cabernet Sauvignon in the world.
The limited edition ampoules were designed by glass sculpture artist Nick Mount and created by glass blower Ray Leake. They have no cork or screw cap and can only be opened by snapping off the tip using a bespoke cutting device. This means that a senior Penfolds’ winemaker will travel anywhere in the world with this unique tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap to open and decant the wine for anyone wishing to buy and drink this exclusive wine.
Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker at Penfolds, said, “The Ampoule Project is typical of the pioneering philosophy behind Penfolds' winemaking evolution. The collaboration with South Australia's finest artists has been a fitting tribute for one of South Australia's finest wines.”
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