2 x 2007 Raka Figurehead (750ml) - Platter 4.5*
2 x 2008 Raka Petit Verdot (750ml)
3 x 2008 Raka Sangiovese (750ml)
Piet Dreyer was a fisherman all his life. As a child, when he was about 16 years old, his father was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash and he helped his mother to support the family by catching fish over weekends and after school on a friend’s fishing boat. The sea and fishing remained his passion and he grew from ski-boat owner to freezer-vessel owner and the "kaalvoet (barefoot) skipper" on his vessel Raka became well known amongst the squid fisherman.
Because of the squid squirting black ink all over the boat, Piet decided to have himself a black freezer vessel built, so that he need not repaint that often, and called it RAKA. (From the Afrikaans poem by N.P. van Wyk Louw, about an African tribe being threatened by Raka, half man half beast and as black as the night). He took this name as his brand when he ventured, with equal passion, into winemaking - hence the slogan: born of the sea, guided by the stars, blessed by the earth.
The Dreyer Family bought the farm, Remhoogte south east of Hermanus in the Akkedisberg area in 1982. During 1999 the Dreyers planted 10 hectares Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Since then a few hectares were added every year, and the 68 hectares on the farm at present, includes plantings of Pinotage, Sangiovese, Viognier, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and also larger plantings of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc, making the farm self-sufficient as far as varieties needed for the different blends are concerned.
Figurehead, named after the figurine on the bowsprit of old sailing ships (mostly a female or mermaid), is a Cape Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinotage Malbec and Petit Verdot. The Petit Verdot and Sangiovese are part of the limited edition varietal selections.