For this kind of price you could easily buy plenty of bottles of Château Lafite Rotschild 2009 or 12 bottles of Domaine de la Romannée Conti, vintage 2000. In other words: the purchase price equals a year's salary of a highly valued professor, five qualified nurses or the money Cristiano Ronaldo receives for playing soccer for 2 days.
Those who would like to purchase one of these vials will probably have to be a member of Penfolds "upper-class" customers or simply have tons of money available. The purchase price includes a personal visit from managing cellar master Peter Gago, who will travel around the world in order to open this precious wine for each client. In order to do this, he needs a special sterling silver opener. This procedure is just as unique as the privilege of owning this wine.
In order to emphasize how rare the "Block 42" realy is - the last vintage was 1996 - Penfolds authorized four renowned Australian artists to do the work. Nick Berg was in charge of the glass design, Ray Leake blew the actual glass and metalsmith Hendrik Forster and carpenter Andrew Bartlett finally completed the artwork.
The „Block 42 Kalimna“ wine is made from 130-year-old grapes from a block of about 4 hectares along Penfolds area Kalimna, which is located roughly 60 kilometers north of Adelaide. There is a limited edition and the wine is extremely popular. The bottles from 1996 used to have a price of 2,500 AUD (about 2.020 euro) back then. A regular Cabernet Sauvignon vintage from Penfolds usually sells for around 400 AUD (about 324 euro).
„This vial is typical for the groundbreaking philosophy behind Penfolds", explains Peter Gago. "The cooperation with the top artists from southern Australia is a tribute to one of the best wines in Australia." (red.yoopress)