Most expensive wine on display in Miami
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A rare bottle of wine is showing up here in South Florida, and it's only for those with an expensive taste for life.
It's billed as the world's most expensive wine. This one bottle is worth six figures, and no matter how you uncork it or pour it, this is the most expensive wine in the world. "The ampule is Penfolds 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet sauvignon," said Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago.
How much is it? As mom used to say, if you have to ask, you can't afford it. Gago entertains the question anyway: "$168,000 American."
The bottle made an appearance Monday night at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. "There are only 12 in existence, and one of them is here in Miami," said Gago.
Penfolds is hosting a luxury lounge where a few select wine connoisseurs from South Florida can get up close and personal with this expensive cab. Gago said, "Well, we're going to be unveiling the Penfolds Ampoule. This is a glass-encased vestibule with a borosilicate glass ampule, 750 mil of wine. Now, this is a work of art coupled with one of the greatest wines ever to come out of Australia."
The wine and its casing arrived under lock and key and is given the white-gloved celebrity treatment.
As for what it actually tastes like? Gago offered, "The wine is beautiful. It's so evocative. It just sort of flows through. It's essence of Cabernet, so it's the seeds of black current, graphite, just, there are no ruffages. It's seamless."
He said many factors go into the price of this wine. "You're buying rarity. You're buying history," Gago noted. "The wine is actually sourced from the world's oldest continuously producing Cabernet vineyard, Block 42. It's a very rare wine in a unique package ... This is a wine even in bottle format that lasts at least half a century, so in this ampoule format, that container of glass, there is no cork. There is no screw cap. It's a continuum of glass, so that should last a long, long time."
This is not just about buying a bottle, or in this case, a fancy ampoule. "And you're paying for the experience too," Gago said. "We will travel anywhere in the world, to the top of Mt. Everest, Kilimanjaro, who knows, to open this ampoule anywhere."
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