For wine aficionados, The Penfolds Ampoule—a handmade vessel of which there are only twelve worldwide—is the ultimate collector’s piece. The glass body, designed by Nick Mount, is a hand-blown, conical plumb-bob made from grey glass and topped with a scarlet “cotton-reel.” Designer-maker Hendrik Foster contributed metal detailing, and Andrew Bartlett, a furniture craftsman, designed the Jarrah cabinet in which the ampoule resides. The ampoule itself—scientific-grade, so as to make the most of ideal storage conditions—was designed by glassblower Ray Leake.
Each part of the elegant whole is hand-crafted; tedious hours go into the ampoule’s construction. The wine is worth the labor, though: first released in the 1950s, and of critical importance to Australian wine culture, Penfolds is fit for its unusually special container. The Ampoule comes with a “Making Of” booklet and a Certificate of Ownership & Authenticity signed by Chief Winemaker Peter Gago and the artists.