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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.
At its core is the Kalimna Vineyard’s celebrated 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. Chief Winemaker Peter Gago explained the concept: ‘The Ampoule Project is a provocative statement about the art and science of wine'. The limited-release Ampoule is the ultimate wine curiosity, an experience combining Penfolds heritage and South Australian ingenuity and identity.
When the Ampoule was first brought to the world’s attention in 2012 it became a media sensation. 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.
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. 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.
Dense in colour.
Intense blackcurrant, dark chocolate and liquorice aromas.
Fine, silky tannins and richly concentrated flavours are in perfect harmony. The sheer volume and weight of fruit explodes across the palate, giving tremendous depth and length of flavour.
Origin: Block 42 Kalimna Vineyard, Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Maturation: Fermentation was completed in medium toast, new 300L oak hogsheads, before the wine underwent 13 months barrel fermentation.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Above average winter rainfall led into a promising vintage, which was characterised by mild conditions up until February, followed by hot weather conditions throughout March and April.
South Australia fared well and produced wines of elegance and intensity.