Two Wheeler Creek Wines
The vineyard, the most westerly on Kangaroo Island
is subject to a strong marine influence from the Southern Ocean,
with mild summers, moderate rainfall and at times strong winds.
Of recent years the rainfall weather pattern has been more unpredictable.
The yields are typically low and being some of the latest to
ripen on the Island produces some unique cool climate fruit
The vineyard has traditional varieties with cabernet
sauvignon and shiraz reds being planted in 1999 and the chardonnay
and sauvignon blanc whites planted in 2003. There are approximately
1.6 Ha (4 ac) of cabernet, 3.2 Ha (8 ac ) of shiraz, 1.8 Ha
(4.5 ac) of chardonnay and 1.4 Ha (3.5 ac) of sauvignon blanc.
In the early days there was some hand picking. However there
is such difficulty on the Island to obtain sufficient numbers
of reliable pickers that all grapes including the whites are
now machine harvested - at night if possible and sent to the mainland
in tonne bins for processing. There have been some very tasty
reds but all medium bodied due to the character of the fruit
in this climate. Due to these essentially cool climate conditions
in the vineyard there have been some excellent whites, the sauvignon
blanc in particular. This has been favourably compared with
some top quality New Zealand sauvignon blancs.
To extend the range there is a sparkling shiraz / cabernet, a sparkling chardonnay
and more recently the Turkey Nest, a slightly sweeter chardonnay / sauvignon blanc
blend. All wines are proving to be very popular at the Cellar Door, in the Marron
Cafe, in Kangaroo Island liquor outlets and mail order all around Australia. Mainland
outlets may become available in due course but the on-line, mail order works very
Andermel also has a lemon myrtle liqueur made exclusively for it under the Two Wheeler
Creek label from the native herb ( bush tucker ) plant grown on the farm. This has
an enticing lemon flavour and adds a point of difference and is excellent as a stand
alone liqueur or even on sweets such as ice cream – delicious. It is similar
to Limoncello. Similarly there is and equally appealing aniseed myrtle liqueur.
This is located in the marron shed
and provides the ideal opportunity for visitors to come and
view the marron close up and learn
a little of their life cycle before moving on to the wine tasting.
Invariably there are questions about marron that arise and these
can readily be discussed with staff over the bar as they sample
some or most of the wines. The staff provide as much information
as possible on the wines to help guide tastings. Many visitors
really like to select a wine they would like with lunch in the
Café, but tastings also lead to
bottle sales at the cellar door. Wine can be taken away or it
can be shipped very cost effectively
to anywhere in Australia via Australia Post. The Two Wheeler
Bush Tucker sauces are also sold
here or in the Café.