Pinot Noir is the main variety of the Ottiger vineyard. With the speciality Pinot Noir "B" Rosenau, the winemaking of Raphael Burki and Toni Ottiger was immortalised in the "Mémoire des Vins Suisses".
In Kastanienbaum, at the southern tip of the Horw peninsula, conditions are perfect for Pinot Noir. "We have the lake, which cools so that the Pinot Noir does not suffer from the heat. But the lake also protects the vineyard from frost. Plus the chalky soil, which is also a big advantage," explains Toni Ottiger. The red main variety of the farm can be discovered in four different varieties, based on a strict yield restriction. For the two top products Pinot Noir Spissen Rosenau and Pinot Noir "B" Rosenau a maximum of 400 to 500 grams of grapes per square metre are selected, with a cold standing period in the pre-fermentation phase followed by spontaneous fermentation.
The enigmatic name "B" is an abbreviation for a whole series of terms such as "Blauburgunder", "Besonders", "Barrique" or "Burki". The wine was created in 2008 from Raphael Burki's equally fluid thesis at the Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences in the German Rheingau. Oenologist Raphael Burki works between two worlds, at the Ottiger winery in Lucerne and in Wairarapa, New Zealand at the Lime Hill winery. The "Flying Winemaker" has greatly influenced the quality of Ottiger's winegrowing and his New Zealand wines can be discovered in Switzerland exclusively at Toni Ottiger.
In the case of Pinot Noir "B" Rosenau, part of the grapes are fermented whole, i.e. with the grape stems, so that the tannins come out even better. "This is a wine that is vinified for ten years of ageing. Not that the wine is coarse or over-aged, not at all. It simply has more complexity," Toni Ottiger explains. The wine tastes of red fruits, black cherry, has a clear wood character, is light on its feet with an invigorating acidity and a medium length. It is a precise, fresh, youthful, rather cool wine. In 2015 thePinot Noir "B" Rosenau 2013was appointed to the Olympus of Swiss wine: the "Mémoire des Vins Suisse".For Toni Ottiger, this award has a very special meaning, as it is a great appreciation of the wine-making of the entire team. "We have always cultivated a philosophy of quality with each other and this award is an expression of that. I have to be honest: any of our wines could have been voted into the "Mémoire des Vins Suisses"," says Toni Ottiger.