Crabtree has been around for a mighty long time – the house that forms the current cellar door was first built in 1949. Grapes arrived in the 1880s, though the original plantings aren’t around today. The Glaetzer family planted more vines in the 1930s and plantings from the 1940s still bear fruit which form the backbone of Crabtree wines today.
In the early 80s Robert Crabtree bought the property and planted more vines, adding Tempranillo and extra Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet. He garnered an excellent reputation for Riesling, Cabernet and Shiraz up until 2007 when he sold out (whilst retaining a shareholding).
These days the wine is made by Riesling legend Kerri Thompson. Kerri has done Vintages with Tim Adams, Ben Riggs at Wirra Wirra, in France and at famed Italian winery Isole e Olena. Kerri managed and made wines at Leasingham Wines for eight years before moving to Crabtree 12 years ago and also launching her own brand Wine by KT. We're big fans of the Crabtree wines and this month have brought in two reds, a Cabernet and a Shiraz. These are powerful but measured wines. Classy as hell and worthy of extended cellaring. Both look great now after decanting. Also, two soulful Rieslings, packed with fruit intensity and offering great length.