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Ethereal Wines is an importer and retailer of premium wines from Burgundy and Piedmont.
As two areas known for wonderful terroir driven wines, we decided to specialise in wines from the Côte-d'Or and the Langhe.
We are also part of a joint venture with Piedmont Fine Wines to distribute Giuseppe Mascarello, Fiorenzo Nada & Castello di Verduno.
Whilst our primary focus is on the wines we import from Piedmont and Burgundy, we also stock wines from other producers if the quality and price is right.
All our wines are cellared in a climate controlled storage facility and all our imports are shipped in climate controlled containers.
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- Monchiero (Castiglione Falletto – Barolo)
- Mark Haisma (Burgundy)
- Giuseppe Mascarello (Castiglione Falletto – Barolo)
- Paitin (Neive – Barbaresco)
- Bel Colle (Verduno – Barolo)
- Domaine Moutard (Chablis)
- Podere Ruggeri Corsini (Monforte – Barolo)
- Valter Musso (Barbaresco – Barbaresco)
- Castello di Verduno (Verduno – Barolo)
- Fiorenzo Nada (Treiso – Barbaresco)
Monchiero is nestled in the picturesque commune of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region. The terroir here is amongst some of the greatest you will find in all of Piedmont.
Monchiero have a superb parcel of Rocche di Castiglione cru in Castiglione Falletto.
These are ultra-traditional terroir driven wines of the highest order, and we are delighted to be importing them into Australia.
Mark Haisma is a very talented micronegociant in Burgundy. Formerly of Yarra Yering fame, Mark has resided and worked in Burgundy since 2009.
He is fast becoming one of Burgundy's most sought after makers, mainly due to his wonderful wines but also as a consequence of the glowing reviews his wines are receiving from some of the world's most respected critics.
"He seems to have struck gold. His wines have an excellent balance between fruit, expression and refreshment without being in any way wimpish. The wines are also, appetisingly, bone dry. There is none of the sometimes slightly gratuitous sweetness to be found in some Pinots, especially New World ones." - Jancis Robinson
Volume is tiny and quality is massive – how often the way.
An illustrious and long established estate, Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio is a staunchly traditional producer who holds parcels of land in some of the most famous Barolo vineyards.
Mascarello age their Barolo in old Slovenian oak botti (some dating back to the 1950s). The wines undergo an extended maturation period before release.
Their Monprivato Barolo is one of the great terroir driven wines of the world – however none of their other beautiful wines should be overlooked.
The Estate history started in 1796 when Benedetto Elia purchased it from Luigi Pellissero the farmstead with outlying wine cellar and vineyards. His son Giuseppe extended later vineyards and acquired the underground cellar, which dates back to XV century.
The wines in recent years have enjoyed a wonderful renaissance, in fact their quality has never been any higher and there is a purity and elegance in recent releases that make Paitin a top tier maker in the Langhe.
Bel Colle is a traditional maker based in Verduno (Barolo). Their wines are clean and precise, they practice sustainable viticulture, followed by manual harvesting, soft pressing of the grapes, balanced macerations: each phase has the objective of bringing the balance and the harmony of the grapes obtained in the vineyard into the glass intact.
They are lucky to have an excellent parcel of Monvigliero (arguably Verduno’s greatest cru). They also have a parcel of Pajorè cru in Treiso (Barbaresco). Just like a number of makers in Verduno they are also passionate producers of Pelaverga.
The Moutard family have long been known as outstanding Vignerons in Champagne. In 2004 spawned from an adoring love of the terroir driven wines of the Chablis region – Domaine Moutard-Diligent was launched. The Moutard family purchased parcels of AOC, Premier Cru and Grand Cru sites in Chablis, the resultant wines are nothing short of spectacular.
Domaine Moutard-Diligent work closely with Patrick Piuze and there is certainly some commonality evident in their respective wines.
The Ruggeri Corsini estate was founded in 1995 by Loredana Addari and Nicola Argamante who share a passion for great wines and a commitment to quality.
The estate is fairly small and the vineyards cover only 10 hectares but are comprised of great plots of old vines, including in the famed Bussia Cru. Their delightful Bricco San Pietro cru Barolo has been a long favourite of ours.
The Musso winery was founded in 1929 and coincides with one of the most critical moments of the Italian economy and the world, the year of the “Great Depression” Sebastiano Musso, born in 1906, did not lose heart.
Valter Musso, a young winemaker, joined the family winery in the mid-eighties, today is a mature man and head of the winery, overseeing the responsibilities in the vineyard and the winery to produce quality wine.
Today Musso make wonderful Barbaresco from Rio Sordo and Pora crus and many other beautifully crafted wines.
The history of Fiorenzo Nada starts in the late 1950s when Fiorenzo inherited a small plot in Treiso. Initially, like many makers in the Langhe, Fiorenzo made bulk wines for restaurants and sold grapes to other producers. The beginning of the Estate as we know it was when Fiorenzo’s son Bruno began the journey to develop their own cellars and commenced production expressing the terroir of their wonderful vineyards.
With each passing year the Estate embraced continuous improvement to the point where their wines are now world class.
Bruno & Danilo now produce many outstanding wines from Manzola, Rombone and more recently Montaribaldi crus. The latter an MGA in Barbaresco not Treiso.
Castello di Verduno is a traditional producer in the envious position of having wonderful holdings of Monvigliero & Massara crus in Barolo (Verduno) and Rabaja & Faset crus in Barbaresco. They are also specialists in the production of Pelaverga – making it as a white, red and a sparkling.
The wines crafted by Mario Andrion have amazing freshness and clarity.
2013 Monchiero Rocche di Castiglione Barolo DOCG, 96 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, tip top tipple – "Beautiful aromatic herb and floral perfume here, red fruits, crushed rocks, plenty of spice, liquorice root and orange peel. Medium bodied, but dense and powerful, with packed down stony tannin, fresh acidity, layers of spice and amaro herbs, cherry and red fruits, and this soaring precise finish dusted with smashed rock tannin. Great wine. Transparent. Will age for decades." Drink 2023-2038+
2013 Bel Colle Monvigliero Barolo DOCG, 95+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – “Gee, this is a tightly packed, brooding and savoury thing. It’s all damp sweet earth and dried spices, with a dried rose perfume, dark cherries and suede leather. Full-bodied, black tea and black olives rolled in dried herb, yet I feel it has a latent succulence that will be revealed with bottle age. It’s dense and long, with stokes of emery board tannin pushing through, giving, perhaps for the synaesthetes among us, a pixelation that you can almost visualise. Dutch liquorice in the aftertaste. Serious, but seriously good. The only way is up.” Drink 2022-2033+
2013 Bel Colle Pajore Barbaresco DOCG, 95+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – “It’s pretty dense, and kind of fruity when it first hits the glass, yet all is revealed with a bit of air time. Liquorice, red cherry, new leather and spice. Medium-bodied, fat with tannin, a pure fennel and cherry richness, tight acidity, black tea perfume and a very long and fragrant finish. It’s excellent, and while its kind of approachable, it will be much better with a fair few years in bottle. Plump yet muscular. It’s quite outstanding.” Drink 2020-2035
2013 Fiorenzo Nada Montaribaldi Barbaresco DOCG, 96 Points – Antonio Galloni, “An addition to the range, the 2013 Barbaresco Montaribaldi is magnificent. Dark spices, lavender, sage, menthol and dark cherries are front and center. Large-scaled, ample and super-expressive, the Montaribaldi captures the power and intensity of this site. Sweet mentholated notes round out the finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. The 2013 spent two full years in cask. It needs time to shed some tannin, but it is fabulous even at this early stage."
2016 Mark Haisma Les Chaffots Morey St Denis 1er cru, 17/20 Jancis Robinson
2013 Musso Pora Riserva Barbaresco DOCG, 95+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – “Cherry essence here, baking spices, liquorice, a musk and rose perfume. Medium bodied, fresh and lithe, with gentle brick dust tannin, a pleasing purity to the flavour profile, and a long earthy/spicy finish, and something that makes me think of Earl Grey tea. Shows the clarity and muscularity of the wonderful 2013 vintage to great effect. The finish is compelling.” Drink 2020-2033+
2012 Monchiero Rocche di Castiglione Riserva Barolo DOCG, 95 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – “Has a musky, rosy and smoky perfume, along with white pepper and star anise, plump cherry and raspberry fruit. Medium bodied, almost juicy and very supple, with dusty and peppery tannin, an orange peel and rose perfume, soft but balanced acidity, and a succulent finish of excellent length, slight tarriness and orange rind to close. What a bloody charmer. It’s a wine of many layers and easy complexity.” Drink 2018-2032
2012 Monchiero Rocche di Castiglione Riserva Barolo DOCG, 17/20 Jancis Robinson
2013 Paitin Sorì Paitin (Serraboella) Barbaresco, 95 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - "Deep, brooding style for a Barbaresco with dark cherry, spice, suede and submerged floral and dried herb notes. Medium bodied, but tense and well-packed, has a kind of high cocoa dark chocolate bitterness and flavour, suede tannin and savoury almost ferrous thing going on, and a finish that's long and stretched out by tannin and juicy liquorice. Wonderful wine. Needs a huge decant if doing a 'road test', or just leave it alone for quite a few years." Drink 2023-2033+
2013 Ruggeri Corsini Bussia Barolo DOCG, 94+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – "Rugged. Potent. Powerful. Liquorice, dark cherry, sage and spice, squeezed orange peel perfume. Full bodied, plush deep fruit laced with fleshy firm tannin, red fruits and amaro herbs, minerally black tea tannin stamps its authority out on the long fresh finish. There's a touch of oak spice here as a young wine, but nothing untoward, and already meshing with the bold fruit." Drink 2020-2033+
2015 Mark Haisma Gevrey Chambertin, 94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – "Strawberry, raspberry and spice, a little aniseed and perfume, sweet stalk and herb discreetly in the background. It's light and finely wrought, but does not lack flavour and impact, delicate lacy acidity and a gentle feathering of tannin, fresh strawberries dusted with spice, subtle earthiness, and a cool fresh finish of fine length, lightly chalky tannin teasing it out. It's a textbook example of delivering a knockout punch, without coming over all heavy. Onya Mark." Drink 2020-2035
2016 Mark Haisma Gevrey Chambertin, 93 Points – Mike Bennie, The Wine Font, tip top tipple – “A squelch of sour and sweet cherry juice, licks of anise, faint cranberry tang, a sluice of pomegranate juice and a dribble of sarsaparilla. Such a delicious thing to consume. Texture is tight, kept in check with bright acidity, ultra feathery tannins chime in. It’s super fragrant too, boysenberry, cherry, rose hip tea, sweet spice going on. It feels really pure, light but inwardly concentrated, has superb glide through the palate. Yes thanks. Yes, yes.”
2016 Aligote Bourgogne, 93 Points – Mike Bennie, The Wine Font – “Loaded with citrus pith, bouquet and palate, indeed a dominating factor in this wine is a wholly pleasant, lightly chalky, tart fruit character. The bouquet does citrus in fruit, juice, pith, blossom and a whiff of steel or slate. Tasting the wine you get this almost squeakiness to texture, loads of refreshment factor, great length, and the wine finishes with a lightly herbal-pleasingly bitter character. Such delicious, invigorating, compelling drinking.”
2017 Ruggeri Corsini ‘Rosin’ (Nebbiolo) Rosato - 93 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Font – “Fennel and white cherry, excellent flavour, juicy, with a bit of grip and chalky texture keeping it trim, blood orange too, and a solid finish. Very good wine. Very tasty”
2015 Mark Haisma Gevrey Chambertin, Jamie Goode, 92-94 Points - "40 whole bunch, with some new wood. Good structure, with a savoury spicy edge to the sweet cherry and raspberry fruit. Dense and a bit grippy but has lovely sweet fruit profile and nice weight."
2015 Mark Haisma Volnay Paux Bois, Jancis Robinson 17/20, Drink 2020-2028 - "Makes four barrels. From vineyards up near the woods, so different from the previous Volnay. First time he's ever used 10% whole bunch. Lively and fresh. Racy and bracing. Big and crunchy. Lovely stuff - very transparent."
2015 Mark Haisma Morey-St- Denis 1er cru Les Chaffots, 95+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, tip top tipple – "Oh this is a creamy and spicy thing, with plenty of ripe cherry, vanilla, floral perfume and that sexy forest floor decay stuff, that Pinot Noir types like to bang on about. Fleshy, ripe red fruit, earth and clove spice, really sensual and juicy, with a bear skin rug of tannin, and a Barry White tune playing suggestively in the background, ooooo yeah, and then a fat roll of tannin on a long creamy cherry finish. It's all that. And a little something extra." Drink 2019-2035+
2015 Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, 93 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, tip top tipple, top value - "Red berries and cherries, almond, subtle spiciness, and a bit of the old suede leather and roses, for sure. Full bodied, but bright and almost juicy, red fruits in the main, a pleasing freshness, fine but persistent brick dust tannin, and a long finish with a subtle taste of sweet orange peel and almond. Here’s a beautiful wine. It scratches the Barolo itch at a bargain price. Go forth." Drink 2018-2026+
2015 Valter Musso Pora Barbaresco DOCG, 17/20 Jancis Robinson
2015 Valter Musso Rio Sordo Barbaresco DOCG, 17/20 Jancis Robinson
2013 Giuseppe Mascarello Monprivato Barolo DOCG, 96+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – “Strawberry and a wild earthy perfume, medium-bodied, articulate wine that speaks softly but with extreme confidence. Acidity is firm and fine, with beautiful brick dust tannin pushing out the finish, layering flavours of red fruits, orange juice and savoury earthy nuance through the elegant palate. Length is fantastic here, and the overall impression is of a dead set classic traditional Barolo that will age for, pretty much, as long as you can keep your mitts off it.” Drink 2023-2043+
2013 Giuseppe Mascarello Villero Barolo DOCG, 96 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – “Almond, orange, fennel perfume, spice, red cherry, just ripe raspberry, a lively fresh style with fine dusty tannin and a great finish. So bright and lively. A beautiful fine-boned, almost delicate style, weighted like a Pinot Noir, perhaps. It’s not a wine of power, but one of rare beauty and restraint. It will almost certainly be a triumph with age.” Drink 2023-2038+
2014 Valter Musso Pora Barbaresco DOCG, 94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - "Lovely fragrance here with five spice, dried herbs, violet and raspberry, and almost something a bit like toffee apple, though not so sweet. Medium bodied, finely etched with cool acidity and dry grainy tannin, but coupled to the succulence of bright red fruits, and a clean spicy finish ringing with cool acidity, perfume and crunchy tannin. Classic Barbaresco, you might say." Drink 2019-2029+
2014 Valter Musso Rio Sordo Barbaresco DOCG , 94 Points – Decanter
2016 Valter Musso Dolcetto d'Alba DOC, 93 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, tip top tipple – "Very purple and very fresh. Cherry, liquorice, spice and flower, with a subtle earthiness. Medium bodied, minerally crunch and lively feel, so fine and balanced, with a trail of iron and gravelly tannin. What a fine drink this is. Serious, yet so delightful." Drink 2017-2024+
2016 Fiorenzo Nada Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, 93 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – “Musk stick and floral, bright red fruit, ripe tannin, juicy and fresh, pushes through the finish, punch and life. It’s a joyous expression of Langhe Nebbiolo, and a testament to the wonderful vintage. Just excellent.”
2013 Castello di Verduno Barbaresco DOCG, 17/20 Jancis Robinson
2012 Castello di Verduno Rabaja Barbaresco , 17/20 Jancis Robinson
2013 Castello di Verduno Massara Barolo DOCG , 17/20 Jancis Robinson
2011 Castello di Verduno Monvigliero Riserva Barolo DOCG , 17++/20 Jancis Robinson
2016 Paitin 'Sorì Paitin' Dolcetto d'Alba, 94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – "Cherry, strawberry, fennel and flowers, but quite deep and earthy. It's medium bodied, but has rare depth, a subtle fruit sweetness coupled with earthy and peppery stuff, distinct ferrous and black tea tannin, and super length. In terms of Dolcetto, it must be near the top of the tree." Drink 2018-2028
2015 Mark Haisma Saint Roman Blanc, 94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, tip top tipple – "White peach, hazelnuts, white flowers and chamomile, a little spice and struck match. Fleshy and almost a honey nut cream flavour, but tight and citrus laden too, with a distinct flinty texture taking over, and a floral finish of fine length and precision. Grip and flesh. Gee, it's great to drink already, though no hurry, of course." Drink 2017-2025
2015 Mark Haisma Saint Roman Blanc, Bill Nanson – "A combination of the two vineyards from last year. 'It seemed really to deliver the best of both in one wine. Ooh, nice! A very faint oak padding but with a fine citrus. Layers, weight, a slow burn of acidity – really an understated acidity, but a growing mineral dimension to the finishing flavour. Super length too."