Text only = good wine
Black & white picture + text = fair to middling wine
Colour picture + text = bad wine
And this particular label did not bode well, being a garish mish-mash of fonts and flowers.
Onii-san and I had to take a breather after the first couple of sips, and a little later, to be fair, the smell had subsided. The trouble was, rather than dissipating into the surrounding environment, it had become absorbed into the wine itself, giving it a kick like chip shop malt vinegar.
Buying Beaujolais Nouveau at the very second it goes on sale - or within the first few days, at least - has been popular in Japan since the late seventies, with the added incentive that due to the time difference, it is legally available here eight hours earlier than in Western Europe. For this reason, much of it is imported by air rather than by sea, and partly in an effort to counteract the prohibitive costs involved, plastic bottles were introduced in 2009.
In any case, for the sake of both my taste buds and my sense of smell, from now on I'll be sticking to text-only wine labels, whatever the bottle they're stuck to happens to be made from.