Andermel KI Adelaide

Andermel Marron, The Marron Café and Two Wheeler Creek Wines.

Andermel Pty Ltd was incorporated in 1997 with an initial thrust to establish a sizeable marron farm on Kangaroo Island based on the principal’s background in water treatment and an interest in both aquaculture and this boutique crustacean.

A visit to Western Australian Fisheries in 1996 and associated visits to one or two best practice WA farms laid the foundations to adopt their approach of purpose designed ponds, all netted against birds, with paddle wheels for aeration and using a manufactured pellet feed. 

Once marron were being produced a processing shed was erected to wash, grade and hold harvested marron ready for market.

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The lure of a vineyard did not take long to follow, spurred on by local vignerons, with initially 4.8 Ha (12 acres ) of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz planted in 1999. The Two Wheeler Creek wine label originated from the creek at the bottom of the vineyard which itself had been named a century ago when a surveyor’s two wheeled cart fell in during surveying of the area. A further 3.4 Ha (>8 acres) of sauvignon blanc and chardonnay followed in 2003 to provide a balance of red and white wines and to take advantage of the local cooler climate conditions ... In response to many requests for a slightly sweeter wine this has been produced / processed as either a blend of mainly chardonnay and sauvignon blanc or a straight sauvignon blanc. The selection of which depends on the available fruit at the time.

A ‘rustic’ cellar door was constructed in the marron holding shed and is fully licensed for wine tastings and take away bottle sales. The location in the shed works well as visitors experience both the marron and the wine in close environs.

In 2001/2 Andermel was the chosen Kangaroo Island site for a 3 year collaborative trial with the CSIRO Land and Water Division for evaluation of 9 native herb plants ( bush tucker ) to be grown in varying climatic conditions, mainly around SA. These included lemon myrtle, mountain pepper, a range of native citrus, lemon aspen, quandong, wattle seed, bush tomatoes, riberry and muntries.

The periodic strong winds on KI have been a problem but the lemon myrtle was a definite item of interest. New, more protected plantings in a shade house of lemon myrtle and a new variety aniseed myrtle have been successful. They have inspired the development of a commercial range of Bush Tucker sauces.

Even though marron were originally from Western Australia they are a Kangaroo Island icon and in their own right are the first element of interest to visitors. Then coupled with the ability to provide Two Wheeler Creek wine and bush tucker sauce tastings and sales at the cellar door there is the second element.Following discussion with Tourism Kangaroo Island and the Kangaroo Island Development Board there was the third element with strong support to establish an on farm Café. This would provide the unique 3 in 1 experience, not only for marron and wine but also to have a gastronomical delight at the west end of the Island where there was little else on offer to visitors or even locals.

In deciding to proceed, some grant aid was won from the South Australian Tourism Commission – Tourism Development Fund and the Australian Government – Australian Tourism Development Program. Construction commenced early 2006 with the Marron Café then opening late November 2006.

This is a brunch, lunch or afternoon tea venue due to the farm’s location in the middle of the Island and a very convenient stop over to or from Remarkable Rocks or the Western end of the Island. Some evening or night functions have been held and are most welcome but these are by arrangement and not part of the daily operating cycle.

Marron – the Island’s prized freshwater crayfish – doesn’t come any fresher than from Andermel. Visitors can view marron up close in the holding tanks with all the experience of seeing the range of sizes even some juveniles (babies) at times, blue marron and if you’re lucky enough to see one out of water the need to keep clear of the claws that can give a bit of a nip.

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Fresh marron are the main attraction in the Marron Café with an enticing range of marron menu options as well as steak, chicken and other dishes plus ‘specials’. Bush Tucker herbs, such as lemon myrtle, grown on the property are used in many meals and with marron provide that exclusive Australian experience and flavour.

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Of course meals in the Marron Café aren’t complete without a fine wine and none better than from grapes grown on the farm produced under the award winning Two Wheeler Creek label. Diners can choose whites from a truly excellent sauvignon blanc, a chardonnay, a new slightly sweeter Turkey Nest blend released 2012 of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc and a sparkling chardonnay. For reds cabernet sauvignon and shiraz are on offer as well as a sparkling cabernet /shiraz. Extra delights are a range of bush tucker style sauces including lemon myrtle tartare and delicious lemon myrtle and aniseed myrtle liqueurs.

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Group Bookings and Functions at the Marron Café.

There are an increasing number of bus groups booking for marron viewing, wine tastings and lunch or combinations of these. They range from international visitor groups, to special interest, to sports, to farmers, to retirees etc.

There is a special discounted package for such groups and more of these visits would be most welcome. Where menu or time constraints are a problem these can readily be accommodated by discussion and agreement with the client. Please call to discuss requirements and options.

A number of private business meetings have been held over lunch after a farm and marron tour and wine tastings. A section can readily be separated off to provide the privacy. Please call to discuss requirements and options.

Evening functions have great potential as the Café has a wonderful night time atmosphere and some ‘fun’ functions have been held – Christmas parties, club dinners, works functions, school formals, weddings and more.

It can comfortably seat 80 with potentially a few more. The menu can be discussed and agreed for content and price. Local bus transport can be ar ranged. Local accommodation can be arranged.

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The Marron Café, Two Wheeler Creek Wines and Andermel Marron ... a unique 3 in 1 experience ... not to be missed by locals and visitors.

OPEN DAILY - Except Christmas Day

Summer - Sept to April 11am to 4.30pm, Last Café meal orders 4pm
Winter - May to August 12noon to 3.30pm, Last Café meal orders 3pm
Café Bookings and Enquiries Ph 08 8559 4114
Fax for all experiences Ph 08 8559 4137
All Cellar Door and Marron Enquiries 08 8559 4128
804 Harriet Road, Kangaroo Island 5223
PO Box 29 Pandana, Kangaroo Island 5220

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