The colour is deep, a brooding, bruised purple with a touch of ruby on the rim.
The nose is brambles and forest floor with edges of roasted herbs and a hint of chocolate.
The palate is the best of the nose - this is an exceptionally well-rounded wine for the price. Rustic and mouthfilling without being overbearing. The bramble and cassis fruit are pure and juicy, without confection, held up by good acidity while backed by fantastic dark tones and well-rounded tannins. That dark edge seems to be a hallmark of well-made Portuguese reds, much like chocolate cherries mark well-made Italians.
The finish lingers - all for £7.25? Bargain.
Tasted several times at Bonnytoun Cottages over the last few weeks.