Scheurebe, late harvest wine, 2011
With its pungent sweetness, this full, fruity wine complements the creamy character of the Manhattan Cheesecake. The well-balanced fruit aromas harmonize wonderfully with the fresh berries and subtle hints of lemon.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F. To make the crust, finely pulse whole wheat graham crackers in a food processor. Add zest of one orange and half a lemon. Melt butter and pour directly onto the crumbs, stirring to combine.
Butter baking pan if necessary and press crumb mixture into the bottom. Make sure to come approx. 2 cm up the sides of the pan. Chill the crust for approx. 15 – 20 min. and then bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/ 350°F for approx. 10 – 15 min. until golden. Then let cool for approx. 15 – 20 min.
Mix cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla bean pulp, and zest of half a lemon with a whisk. Add sour cream and whisk until smooth. Then pour the mixture onto the cooled crust and bake at 180°C/ 350°F for approx. 20 – 30 min.
Allow the cheesecake to cool on a cake rack for approx. 15 – 20 min. Now, cover and chill for at least 8 hours. Serve with a garnish of fresh berries.