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Jun 29 2012

decanter.com: Penfolds commissions £100,000 ‚ampoule‘ for Block 42

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by Adam Lechmere – In an extraordinary act of homage, Penfolds is releasing its ultra-rare Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 in a hand-blown glass ampoule in a Penfolds Ampoulehand-tooled wooden cabinet – for the price of a dozen cases of rare Bordeaux.

The vessel – ‘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’ – retails for approximately AUD$168,000.

Such a sum, the equivalent of £100,000, would buy ten or more cases of Chateau Lafite 2009, or an entire case of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Romanee Conti 2000, with change. It would also pay for four experienced teachers for a year, or five newly-qualified nurses, or Cristiano Ronaldo’s wages for two and a half days.

But then the Real Madrid striker does not have Peter Gago flying in personally to adjust his shinpads: so rare is the ampoule – only 12 have been made – that the Penfolds chief winemaker will fly anywhere in the world to assist when you decide to open it.

‘The winemaker will travel to the destination of choice, where the ampoule will be ceremoniously removed from its glass plumb-bobcasing and opened using a specially designed, tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap. The winemaker will then prepare the wine using a beautifully crafted sterling silver tastevin,‘ the container’s prospectus says. Continue reading „decanter.com: Penfolds commissions £100,000 ‚ampoule‘ for Block 42“


Jun 29 2012

OIV elects Claudia Inés Quini as President of the Organisation

Tag: Allgemeines,Personensigi.hiss @ 09:38

OIV – 22/06/2012 – As from 23 June 2012, Ms. Claudia Inés Quini (Argentina) will replace Mr. Yves Bénard (France) at the head of the Claudia Inés Quini new OIV PresidentInternational Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), the intergovernmental reference organization in the vitivinicultural domain.

Ms. Quini has been elected President of the OIV for a three-year term. The election took place during the 10th General Assembly of the Organisation, which was held in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir the 22 June 2012, immediately following the XXXV World Congress of Vine and Wine.

Born in the Argentinean region of Mendoza, Claudia Inés Quini holds a university degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, and has specialized further in management and research in the vitivinicultural domain. She is also the Deputy Head of Research at the National Institute for Vitiviniculture of Argentina (INV).

“We need to revise OIV strategic priorities to get a closer picture of the wine market, in order to be able to anticipate future trends such as, for example, the growing demand for low-alcohol or de-alcoholised beverages of vitivinicultural origin”, said Ms. Quini in her first statement as President of the OIV. “Without forgetting to increase the appreciation of traditional wine”, she added.

“The OIV is also playing an active role in the development of a sustainable vitiviniculture, as shown by the adoption of a set of principles to establish a carbon calculator protocol specific for the grape, raisins and wine industry ”, said Ms. Quini. “We will ensure that this sustainability model also addresses social and economic concerns”, she added. Continue reading „OIV elects Claudia Inés Quini as President of the Organisation“