29 June 2012

To celebrate the provenance of truly extraordinary wine and in the spirit of Penfolds innovation and experimentation, in 2012 Penfolds released a limited edition glass Ampoule, containing 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon - a rare wine in a truly distinctive format.

With only twelve handmade vessels in existence (each individually numbered), the Penfolds Ampoule is testament to the respect that Penfolds has not only for fine wine, but for its South Australian heritage and the skills of the region's finest artists and craftsmen, four of whom were commissioned to collaborate with the winemaking team on this distinctive project. Together they crafted a beautiful, thoughtful, unique objet d'art, designed to store wine in an ideal environment. Each Ampoule is accompanied by a unique 'Making Of' booklet and Certificate of Ownership & Authenticity signed by Chief Winemaker Peter Gago and all contributing artists.

The Penfolds Ampoule is not only a compelling work of wine art - it also provides a truly memorable experiential and sensory engagement. When a decision is made to open the ampoule, a senior member of the Penfolds Winemaking team will personally attend a special opening ceremony for the owner (essentially your very own master-class). The winemaker will travel to the destination of choice, where the ampoule will be ceremoniously removed from its glass plumb-bob casing and opened using a specially designed, tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap. The winemaker will then prepare the wine using a beautifully crafted sterling silver tastevin.