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World's Most Expensive Wine: Penfold's Debuts $168,000 Bottle Enclosed In Glass

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Have a spare $168,000? Well Australian wine producer Penfolds has got you covered. The winery debuted today its "2004 Block 42," a wine entirely enclosed in glass. There are only 12 limited editions of the glass ampoule and if you're one of the lucky purchasers, you get your very own special opening ceremony.

Here's the press release's description of how that plays out:

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.

2004 Block 42 is made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a single vineyard. It is the most expensive wine directly sold from a winery in the world (well, assuming it does sell for $168,000). The glass sculpture was designed and hand-blown by Australian glass artist Nick Mount.

Check out photos of the wine:

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