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Australian winemaker releases world’s most expensive wine at USD168k a bottle

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Renowned South Australian winery Penfolds has released the world’s most expensive wine.

Priced at a staggering US$168,000 per bottle, the new release is a limited edition of the winemaker’s 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon – which retails locally for around $850 a bottle, according to The Australian.

The 12 limited edition “bottles” are actually not bottles at all, but rather glass “ampoules”.

The ampoules, which are housed in a glass prism and wooden cabinet, can only be opened by breaking the ends off.

And, just to make sure the buyer doesn’t let a precious (and pricey) drop go to waste, a Penfolds senior winemaker will personally deliver the wine to the buyer and take care of opening the ampoule once they’re ready to drink it.

Rare wines have fetched higher amounts in the past, including a six-litre bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 which sold for $500,000, but Penfolds claim their Block 42 ampoules are the most expensive wines ever to be sold directly from a winery.

Penfolds’ chief winemaker unveiled the ampoule, which he described as “a vinous work of art”.

When asked who would spend such a huge amount of money for a bottle of wine, he replied: “Wine lovers, collectors … we’ll wait and see!”

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