Penfolds has done it again. They have launched the most expensive wine in the world at $168,000! The limited edition of the 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon which was priced only at $225 when it was released a few years ago is now the most expensive wine. Penfolds has decided to launch the Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon not just as a wine but primarily as an art piece.
Not long ago we had reported on the most expensive wines. The D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme proved to be the most expensive wine at $44 million! The wine, concocted with the finest ingredients, the D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme was designed by Stuart Hughes along with the Antica Distilleria Russo, a well known Italian distillery. Single cut diamonds and that too 13 of them adorned the neck of the bottle crafted by Stuart Hughes. However, it was a rare 18.5 carat diamond that perhaps made the D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme the most expensive wine. The D’Amalfi Limoncello Supreme was followed by many other wines such as the Isabella’s Islay which comes with a price tag of $6.2 million and also the Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur Bottle which is priced at $3 million.
So, what makes the Penfolds wine so special? Well, it’s a wine that will be sold directly from a winery. Not only that it will be perhaps the first wine not to be sold in a classy wine bottle. In order to make it more like a piece of art, the makers of Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon decided to sell the wine in a sealed glass capsule which they proudly call the “Ampoule”. Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago, will launch the wine in Moscow. Peter Gago also believes that the Ampoule like any other Penfolds project is a product of research and science along with the joy and energy that goes into making any Penfolds product.
A very unique way we say to savour the most expensive wine in the world. Let’s give you some details about this fine wine bottle.
Penfolds: The Most Expensive Wine in an Ampoule
Penfolds has been in the wine making business since 1844 and has put Australia on the map of fine wine. A single yard wine, Penfolds Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rare wine that represents the South Australian wine making skills and heritage. The Ampoule which is housed in a wooden case is however grabbing more eyeballs than the wine. It is also said that when you finally decide to savour this very fine wine, a winemaker from Penfolds will be especially at your service to help you open the Ampoule, thus making it into a special Penfolds wine opening ceremony. A sterling silver tool which is tungsten tipped has been designed to open the bottle. A sterling silver tastevin will also be used to produce the wine by the winemaker.
The unique Ampoule which holds as much wine as stored in a standard wine bottle was designed and hand-blown by an Adelaide based Artist, Nick Mount. Renowned glass blower Ray Leake created the Ampoule and the wooden case was designed by Andrew Bartlett, a fine furniture craftsman. The metal detailing was looked into by Hendrik Forster.
Out of the 12 bottles produced only 10 bottles are available for sale of which two will be available in Europe, three in Asia, two in North America and three in Australia and New Zealand. One bottle will be housed in the Penfolds library and the other will be sold for charity.