Only 999 bottles were filled with the parade wine ICON HILL, which was exclusively presented on 4 October at the Albertina in Vienna. The unusual design of the elegant bottle was created by the renowned star architect Zaha Hadid.
(Vienna, 4 October 2013) A wine for which words are not enough – that was the vision of the exceptional winemaker Leo HILLINGER at the beginning of the ICON HILL project. The maximum concentration of grapes takes effect in this extraordinary red wine cuvée. This requires a great vintage – in 2009, the time had come and Leo HILLINGER began realising his dream.
One bunch of grapes per vine
Rigorous selection and the premise of only allowing one bunch of grapes per vine to ripen under the best conditions guarantees an intense, complex wine that reflects the creative style of the vineyards around Jois. The composition of the wine icon suggests the terroir and origin. The grape varieties are strictly under wraps, as they are still the secret of this unique wine. The 36-month-long maturation period ensures the perfect balancing of the fine wine. One bunch of grapes per vine – this means a limited number of fillings: 999 bottles of ICON HILL will be sold exclusively.
A design as powerful as the wine – by Zaha Hadid
Modern architecture fascinates and creates monuments. Leo HILLINGER was looking for an equally impressive covering for his wine icon, ICON HILL. The top winemaker from Burgenland did this together with the world star designer Zaha Hadid. Refined, elegant, full of fine shapes and with curves as well as edges – this is the design by Zaha Hadid. It is therefore complex and fascinating, like the wine itself. The Pritzker award winner has designed a bottle for the first time and HILLINGER is excited about the finished work: "ICON HILL is optimally presented with and in the unique design. Powerful and intense, you are mesmerised by the creation. Zaha has perfectly embodied the wine in the shape of the bottle".
Albertina Setting for the Presentation of an Icon
The Albertina turned into the most important international wine stage on 4 October. In an exclusive group of 99 guests, Leo HILLINGER and Zaha Hadid presented ICON HILL. After the ceremonial unveiling of the designer bottle with matching wine box, each guest received a glass of ICON HILL for tasting. The tasting was attended by the internationally renowned wine expert and head of Austrian Wine Marketing, Willi Klinger, who in his speech highlighted the exceptional winemaker HILLINGER as well as the entire wine miracle that is Austria.
Description of the wine
The colour is a deep dark red with a black core. On the nose, the wine is fresh, cool and seems so precise; fruit and spice are very harmonious with black berry fruit, smoky Brazil tobacco, liquorice and black pepper. ICON HILL displays a beautiful concentration. On the palate, it is creamy with dark caramel, prunes and ripe, balanced supporting tanning agents. This is not a wine that comes as a new multi-wine bomb, but rather considers its first future and approaches with class and harmony. With its wonderful balance, you can assume a potential here that will easily survive the first 10 years.
95/100 Falstaff Points for ICON HILL
Falstaff chief editor Peter Moser had tasted and evaluated the wine in advance:
Deep ruby garnet with purple hues, subtle edge whitening. On the nose, it has fine herbal spices that are highlighted with ripe heart cherry fruit and a hint of dark berries; in the background are spices and nuances of fine wood, a delicate hint of nougat; it has a multi-faceted bouquet that develops well with air. Complex on the palate, dark fruit extract sweetness, present, well-integrated tannins that give the wine length, nuances of blackberries and ripe plums, pleasant acidic structure that provides vitality, salty minerality on the finish, holds well, has safe ageing potential, fine cherry fruit on the back palate. If you want to fully enjoy this wine already in this still young phase, it is recommended to decant the bottle for a good two hours. (optimal maturation for enjoyment 2016 – to 2030)