Penfolds Winery in South Australia has been producing wines since 1844, and is known for its Grange wines, one of the most famous wines in Australia.
Penfolds was founded by Christopher Rawson Penfold, an English physician who emigrated to Australia.
The preeminent winery recently unveiled 12 bottles for sale of a rare vintage listed at $170,350 each. The wine, a 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, is a rare single-vineyard wine which is only released in stellar vintages, and can only be opened by a specially-trained wine expert.
The glass sculpture was designed and handblown by Nick Mount, a glass artist in Adelaide, South Australia.
The wine is held in a unique hand-blown glass “ampoule” designed to provide an optimal environment, and is suspended inside a custom-made glass container which sits inside a wooden cabinet.
In order to open and enjoy the vintage, a prospective buyer will have to summons a senior member of Penfolds’ wine-making team, who is the only person with the correct training to uncork the bottle. This expertly trained sommelier will travel to wherever the customer is to remove the ampoule from its glass casing and open the bottle using a specially-designed device.
Penfolds claims the Block 42 vineyard, planted in the mid-1880s, is in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and is believed to have some of the oldest continuously-producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world.