Making remarkable wines since 1844.
With age comes character.
To celebrate the provenance of truly extraordinary wine and in the spirit of innovation, in 2012 we 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 a testament to fine wine, South Australian heritage and the skills of the region's finest craftsmen. Four of whom were commissioned to collaborate with the winemaking team on this distinctive project.
Together they crafted a unique objet d'art, designed to store wine in an ideal environment. Each Ampoule is accompanied by a 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 glass sculpture was designed and hand-blown by Nick Mount, an internationally recognised glass artist. Prominent Australian designer-maker Hendrik Forster prepared all the precious metal detailing. Furniture craftsman Andrew Bartlett designed and made the bespoke Jarrah cabinet, where the ampoule is suspended. The scientific–grade ampoule, designed to store the wine in an ideal environment, and encased within the glass sculpture, was created by veteran scientific glassblower Ray Leake.