The world’s most expensive wine has been recently unveiled by Penfolds, the renowned Australian winemaker. It’s not only the wine itself that’s extremely valuable – the Penfolds 2004 Block 42 – but also the very special bottle in which it comes, and which is the only one in the world that doesn’t feature a cork or screw cap.
The receptacle is actually a beautifully designed ampoule, and what it holds inside is an extremely rare wine that comes from a single vineyard, and which is made from the world’s oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The glass ampoule is not to be opened just any how and by anyone. When the buyer decides to open the “bottle” and taste the $160,000 red wine, a senior member of the Penfolds Winemaking team will come to his or her home to do the honors.
With the help of a custom sterling silver tool, the ampoule will be opened and then the wine will be poured in sterling silver tastevin. The winemaker will limit production of this fine liquor to only 12 ampoules, of which one will go straight to the Penfolds Museum of Wine. A second ampoule will be auctioned off for charity, and the remaining ten will be sold to only a few lucky buyers around the world. Exclusive? Absolutely!