Penfolds @ Limited Edition Ampoule First Purchase in Hong Kong

Hong Kong restaurateur, Wong Wing Chee being the first global custodian of Penfolds Limited Edition Ampoule Number 6 valued at AUD$168,000 and held a presentation of the wine recently. Highly regarded as a passionate food and wine identity known to epicureans far and wide, Wong is also an avid wine collector and Penfolds enthusiast. Penfolds Ambassador Jamie Sach, Ampoule glass artist Nick Mount and Wong was presence at the media event to celebrate the ownership of the significant wine art piece – one of only twelve handmade vessels in existence (each individually numbered). The remaining eleven Ampoules are allocated around the world, with number one taking pride of place at Penfolds spiritual home Magill Estate Winery.
To celebrate the provenance of a truly extraordinary wine, the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon and in the spirit of Penfolds reputation of innovation and experimentation, the winemakers are breaking new ground by releasing a limited edition glass ampoule, containing a rare wine in a truly distinctive format. Essentially a hand-blown glass ampoule that provides an ideal wine environment and a bespoke glass plumb-bob that suspends the ampoule within a wooden Jarrah cabinet.
Gary Burnand, Penfolds Managing Director said, “We are delighted that the Ampoule will take pride of place in Mr. Wong Wing Chee’s flagship restaurant Dragon Seal in Hong Kong. The Ampoule is ultimate reflection of our winemaking heritage, innovation and artistic collaboration delivering a ground breaking work of art and it is going to a great luxury home …” Unveiled at a private dinner for 20 guests from around the world in Moscow, Russia on June 26 the Ampoule is a reflection of Penfolds winemaking heritage, innovation and artistic collaboration and delivers a ground-breaking work of art encapsulating a rare and significant wine, the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon.

 The Dragon Seal Restaurant and Bar located within the International Commerce Centre (ICC Tower) in the heart of the business district, is the jewel in the crown of a chain of fine dining restaurants under the Dragon King brand owned by Wong.Dragon Seal is a high end Chinese Restaurant that offers an impressive cuisine and stunning views of the Hong Kong sky line given its location on the 101st floor and will become the showcase and new home for the Ampoule.
The wine contained within the Ampoule the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon has received praises from wine critics around the world and in 2011 it was awarded the highest accolade of 100 points by James Suckling, the renowned U.S. wine critic.

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