Another recommendation from Huon Hooke in this week’s SMH

2004 Coriole Redstone Cabernet Sauvignon

Coriole reds seem to have taken a step up recently. This very affordable cabernet from an increasingly impressive South Australian red wine vintage is a real bargain. Meaty, earthy and slightly “animal” aromas, good concentration, density and fleshiness. It has ample tannins but is not astringent or unbalanced. On the contrary, some grip helps it go well with meaty dishes.

It has typical McLaren Vale generosity of flavour and alcohol, giving a warm but not spirity finish. Best drunk now to 2012. 91/100

Recommended food match: braised meat dishes, stews, meat or game pies and most hard cheeses such as farmhouse cheddar, parmesan or cooked Swiss cheeses.