When I started to assemble the Sonoma Reds wine in 2015 I quickly realized that the wine was Syrah based, not in the style of the normal Sonoma Reds, which is Zinfandel based. To avoid confusion I decided to change its name, finally rejecting “KangaRouge” and settling on the Shiraz name I last used for a 2012 wine. It contains several barrels of Syrah from vines along the fence line here on the Estate, a few barrels of Kick Ranch Syrah, a little Grenache and then some Petite sirah for structure as well as small amounts of a few other wines. It continues the line of excellent hand made wines made without compromise that are meant to be enjoyed mid week, while waiting to open the special occasion Loxton wines another day. Lower in acid and softer in tannin than the Syrah bottlings, it has wonderful cherry fruit notes and can be enjoyed with most meals. One of my best Sonoma Red offerings.